Doctoral researcher (PhD) in Public International Law

Doctoral researcher (PhD) in Public International Law

The Department of Law of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance of the University of Luxembourg is looking for a PhD candidate to conduct research in public international law.

Your Role…

The doctoral researcher will be working under the supervision of Professor Matthew Happold. The doctoral researcher’s main task will be to prepare a doctoral thesis in the field of public international law. The thesis work will be undertaken at the University of Luxembourg but can also be jointly-supervised with another university. Candidates can propose their own research topic. Selection will be on the basis of the proposal’s intrinsic quality, the candidate’s ability successfully to complete it, and the supervisor’s interest in supervising it. The doctoral candidate will also contribute to teaching (small groups and tutorials) of between one to three hours per week.

The doctoral researcher will benefit from being part of an established research group comprising several PhDs and postdoctoral researchers working on various topics within public international law, including the settlement of international disputes, legal issues of economic sanctions, and business and human rights, Being part of the project will allow the doctoral researcher to enhance his/her knowledge-base and experience; to  strengthen his/her academic profile; and to give him/her access to (and the chance to critically engage with) leading experts in the field.


We are looking for a candidate with demonstrated interest in public international law. In particular, the following requirements apply:

  • A master’s degree in law
  • Have the linguistic skills to evolve in a multilingual environment: fluency in either English or French, good understanding of the second language and possibly a third language, German in particular, will be considered an advantage
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
In Short…
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract 36 Month (extendable up to 48 months if required)
  • Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
  • Location: Kirchberg
  • Employee and student status
  • Job Reference: UOL05060

The yearly gross salary for every PhD at the UL is EUR 38.028,96 (full time)

In particular, we offer:

  • An exciting international and multilingual research environment
  • Personal workspace (full-time contract requires the doctoral candidate to work at the University premises)
  • Travel opportunities for training and learning
  • The University is an equal opportunity employer
How to apply…

Please apply ONLINE formally through the HR system and include:

  • A letter of motivation
  • A PhD research proposal (not more than 2,000 words)
  • A detailed curriculum vitae including a list of publications, if any
  • A transcript of concluded university studies
  • The name, current position, and relationship to the applicant, of two referees

For more information concerning this position, please contact Prof. Matthew Happold by email ([email protected]).

To ensure full consideration, candidates should apply by 8 July 2022 – then the posting remains online until filled.

Applications by email will not be considered. The University of Luxembourg embraces inclusion and diversity as key values. We are fully committed to removing any discriminatory barrier related to gender, and not only, in recruitment and career progression of our staff.

About us…

The University of Luxembourg is an international research university with a distinctly multilingual and interdisciplinary character. The University was founded in 2003 and counts more than 6,700 students and more than 2,000 employees from around the world. The University’s faculties and interdisciplinary centres focus on research in the areas of Computer Science and ICT Security, Materials Science, European and International Law, Finance and Financial Innovation, Education, Contemporary and Digital History. In addition, the University focuses on cross-disciplinary research in the areas of Data Modelling and Simulation as well as Health and System Biomedicine. Times Higher Education ranks the University of Luxembourg #3 worldwide for its “international outlook,” #20 in the Young University Ranking 2021 and among the top 250 universities worldwide.

The Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance offers three Bachelor programmes, four Master programmes of Management and Economics and six Masters of Laws (LL.M.), as well as several continuing education courses. It also includes the Doctoral School in Law and the Doctoral School in Economics and Finance. Around 2,500 students from 90 different nationalities are enrolled at the Faculty. Academic staff from 18 different nationalities teach at the Faculty, supported by practitioners from the field, visiting scholars and guest professors. Rooted in Luxembourg but with a European and international outlook, the Faculty counts three departments:

  • Department of Law
  • Department of Economics and Management (DEM)
  • Department of Finance

Teaching and research benefit from the proximity of the European institutions, Luxembourg’s world-class financial centre ranked second in the world in investment fund asset domicile, and its vibrant business community. Institutional and private sector partnerships, sponsored Chairs, and a growing network of international partner universities make the FDEF a vibrant academic hub within the University at the heart of Europe.

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