PhD Position in Law
University of Antwerp

Department: Faculty of Law
Regime Full-time

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The University of Antwerp is a dynamic, forward-thinking, university. We offer an innovative academic education to more than 20000 students, conduct pioneering scientific research and play an important role in society. We are one of the largest, most international and most innovative employers in the region. With more than 6000 employees from 100 different countries, we aim at contributing to building a more sustainable future – a future that you can help to shape. 

The Faculty of Law is looking for a full-time (100%) doctoral scholarship holder in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Intellectual Property (IP) Law


  • You will carry out PhD research within the context of a project entitled “Towards an Effective Dispute Resolution Framework for Copyright Disputes Embedding Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Mechanisms”
  • You will publish scientific articles related to the research project.
  • You will carry out a limited number of teaching and research support tasks for the supervisors of the PhD project at the Faculty of Law.


  • You hold a Master degree in Law.
  • You have a special interest in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Intellectual Property (IP) Law.
  • You can demonstrate good study results and a good knowledge of English.
  • Your teaching competences are in line with the University of Antwerp’s educational vision.
  • Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies.
  • You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and cooperative.
  • It is desirable to have special expertise and/or professional experience in ADR and/or IP Law.

What we offer

  • We offer a doctoral scholarship for a period of two years; following a positive evaluation, the scholarship can be renewed for another two years.
  • The planned start date is October 1st or as soon as possible after that date.
  • Your monthly scholarship amount is calculated according to the scholarship amounts for doctoral scholarship holders on the pay scales for Contract Research Staff (Dutch: Bijzonder Academisch Personeel, BAP).
  • You will receive ecocheques, Internet-connectivity allowance, and a bicycle allowance or a full reimbursement of public transport costs for commuting.
  • You will do most of your work at our city campus in a dynamic and stimulating working environment.
  • Find out more about working at the University of Antwerp here.

Want to apply?

  • You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including August 7th 2023 (by midnight Brussels time). Click on the 'Apply' button, complete the online application form and be sure to include the following attachments:
    • a motivation letter
    • your academic CV
    • a short opinion piece on the relevance of Alternative Dispute Resolution in the context of copyright disputes or of IP disputes in general (max. 1000 words, excluding footnotes and bibliography).
  • The selection committee will review all of the applications as soon as possible after the application deadline. As soon as a decision has been made, we will inform you about the next steps in the selection The interviews of the candidates preselected by the selection committee will take place between August 21st and September 8th 2023.
  • If you have any questions about the online application form, please check the frequently asked questions or send an email to If you have any questions about the job itself, please contact dr. Esther van Zimmeren, or Prof. dr. Stefan Rutten,

The University of Antwerp received the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award for its HR policy. We are a sustainable, family-friendly organisation which invests in its employees’ growth. We encourage diversity and attach great importance to an inclusive working environment and equal opportunities, regardless of gender identity, disability, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or age. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and with diverse characteristics to apply.

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