The PhD degree programme at the Department of Law is a paid, three-year research programme. It is directed towards top lawyers, i.e. lawyers who hold a LLB as well as a LLM and were among the top of their class in both degrees. As a PhD fellow, you get the opportunity to study a self-chosen topic within the department’s academic fields in close dialogue with experienced researchers.
In addition, you will possibly be teaching students and participate in courses, seminars and conferences in Denmark and abroad. A study period abroad is also part of the programme, and during the course of your PhD, you will be building up valuable professional networks - both in and outside the department.
The Department of Law is currently looking for new international PhD fellows.
There are two programmes – one fixed and one flexible:
The university and the external partner agree on the working hours and the distribution of costs and salary during the PhD programme. It may be possible to modify the requirements for teaching or studying abroad that have been established by the graduate school, but the requirements laid out in the PhD Order must always be met.
The department currently employs four industrial PhD students:
The students who earn a PhD degree can either continue their research career or take up employment in the private sector or in other parts of the public sector. Thus many of the students earning a PhD degree continue their careers as legal advisers or as employees in auditing firms. In a number of fields the Master´s Degree in itself is not sufficient when you are to advise on how to solve complicated legal problems, and then the specialisation and insight that you achieve with your PhD degree can be a large advantage.
The PhD programme in Law covers all theses with law as main content. This includes all important legal disciplines in Danish law, EU law and international law. The researchers at the Department of Law is organised in 7 teaching groups:
All the legal research environments in Denmark work together on offering PhD courses in Law. This cooperation is organised in JurForsk cf. for further information: jurforsk.dk/en/
"As a Top100 university Aarhus has world class facilities, a great supported PhD environment, a collegial and open-to-new-ideas culture, and a very high academic level, e.g. within International Law and Human Rights."
> Nikolas Feith Tan, LLM, LLB, BA, PhD Fellow
"The programme provides so many opportunities for travel, participating in conferences, organising events, and developing a fantastic international network. And as a member of staff you are part of the daily life of the department, as well as involved in the academic activities of other faculty members."
> Lauren Neumann, MA, GradDip Legal Practice, LLB (hons) / B Psych, PhD Fellow