KU Leuven
Doctoral Researcher - Public International Law
KU Leuven
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Gepubliceerd: 16 dagen geleden
Sluitingsdatum: May 07
Locatie: Leuven, Belgium
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Doctoral Researcher - Public International Law

The Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies is an inter-faculty interdisciplinary research centre of excellence of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Leuven which conducts research in relation to globalization, governance processes and multilateralism (www.globalgovernancestudies.eu). The Institute for International Law groups the teaching and research in public international law and the law of international organizations at the Faculty of Law of the University of Leuven (www.internationallaw.eu).

The Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and the Institute for International Law are looking for a dynamic and motivated full-time doctoral researcher to pursue a PhD in the context of a new ambitious European Union Horizon 2020 research project on ‘Explaining Global India’. The PhD should focus on EU-India relations in global economic and trade governance with a focus on inter alia IMF, WTO and G20. The precise focus of the research project will be elaborated in close consultation with the supervisor.

The GLOBAL INDIA ETN will deliver a world-class multi-sectoral doctoral training programme focused on India’s emergence as a global and regional power, and its relationship with the EU. The European Training Network is a multidisciplinary, multi-sectoral network bringing together six leading European universities, with six leading Indian universities, and six non-university partners. The network will train 15 Early Career Researchers, focusing on both academic excellence and professional, transferable, skills. All researchers will spend a semester in an Indian University and have a work placement in one of the non-university partners. In the four years of the programme there will be 10 network events in both Europe and India. The research topics are grouped around four themes: (1) Indian democracy and social inequality, (2) External economic relations and trade, (3) External relations – foreign and security policy and (4) India and global environmental politics.  The academic partners involved in the project are: Barcelona Institute of International Studies Barcelona (IBEI), Dublin City University Dublin, King’s College London, University of Leuven, University of Heidelberg, University of Warsaw, Banaras Hindu University Varanasi, Calcutta University, Jamia Millia, Islamia University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Mumbai University and Jadavpur University.

Your opportunity

  • You pursue a PhD in international law.
  • You build up research expertise within a particular research area that will be chosen in close consultation with your promoter.
  • You share your expertise and research results within and outside KU Leuven.
  • You pay attention to the valorization of research results at the academic level or in society.
  • You publish research results in academic journals.
  • You take initiatives, together with other colleagues, in order to make your research unit a dynamic research environment.
  • You are keen to establish a good cooperation and understanding with other research centres and institutes within and outside KU Leuven.
  • You are employed in a dynamic, international and growing research environment and contribute to its current and future research activities.

Your profile

  • You have a Master of Law/International Law degree and have studied at multiple universities.
  • You have a strong and demonstrable interest in international law and the law of international organizations, in particular international economic institutions, as well as in EU law and EU external relations law.
  • You have excellent analytical and writing skills.
  • You are able to organize your own research activities while working as part of a research group; you are able to handle various tasks at the same time while keeping strict deadlines.
  • You are capable to operate in a multicultural research project and have experience in collaborating in multicultural teams.
  • You are resistant to stress and have an inquisitive mind.
  • You are willing to travel and conduct research in India.
  • You master English in an excellent manner. Knowledge of other languages is an asset. 
  • You have studied abroad at a leading university for one or more years.
  • You have excellent study results (you must at least have graduated in the top 5% of your class).
  • You have less than 4 years (full time equivalent) research experience, ie you have not been employed as a researcher for four years or more.
  • You will have lived less than 12 months in Belgium for the past three years on 1 September 2017 (date of appointment).

Our offer

We offer a full-time fixed term contract to pursue a PhD for three years (evaluation each year) starting September 1 in a dynamic interdisciplinary research environment.


For more information, please contact Prof. Dr. Jan Wouters at jan.wouters@ggs.kuleuven.be

Applications must be received no later than 7th May 2017 (5 pm CET).

KU Leuven carries out an equal opportunity and diversity policy.

How to apply?

Send a CV, cover letter, writing sample and two reference letters by email (subject: ITN Global India Application PhD International Law) to Ms. Kathleen Mouling: kathleen.mouling@kuleuven.be

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