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At Centre for International Business Law (CIBL) at Department of Business Law at Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus University, 5 PhD scholarships will be available from July 1, 2010, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The overall research theme of the scholarships is sustainability and the internationali­sa­tion of law. Focus is on the initiatives of legal and quasi-legal character that have been launched within the area of sustainability with importance for the business community. This encompasses rules that influence the business community’s legal relations with investors, suppliers, other business associates and society in a broad sense. In addition to these matters being regulated on a national level, there is often a regulation on EU-level and from time to time also on UN, OECD and WTO levels. The fact that there are several regulators can mean that companies could be facing particularly encumbering and mutually conflicting demands. That is why it is very important to focus on the consequences of the internationalisation of law in the analysis of how to legally secure sustainability in the best way, and therefore this is expected to be a recurring theme in all PhD projects.

The research theme involves a number of different legal fields, such as contract law, company law, EU-law, environmental law, energy law, climate law, intellectual property law and competition law. The research projects can e.g. revolve around the following areas (see detailed description here), but applications with focus on other areas are also welcome:

   1. Companies reporting and informing on sustainability (CSR)
   2. Sustainable contract relations
   3. Sustainability, industrial property rights and transfer of technology
   4. Sustainability and PPP/PPC
   5. Sustainability, energy and climate

The scholarships are so-called mobility scholarships, which means that applicants with a qualifying exam from Aarhus University cannot apply.

The scientific staff of the Department of Business Law includes 23 researchers of whom 10 are full professors. At the moment there are 13 PhD students at the department.

PhD students in Denmark work under very favourable terms: They are employed on a full-time basis for three years, and the salary is enough to cover all necessary accommodation and living costs and to lead an active life. A PhD student does not pay university fees.

PhD students at Aarhus School of Business (ASB), work under almost the same terms as other research staff, i.e. they have their own office space with a computer, incl. internet access, email, phone etc., as well as access to secretarial assistance etc. Moreover, expenses in connection with the scientific work are covered, e.g. participation in research courses and academic conferences in Denmark and abroad.

There are also good and well-paid job opportunities in Denmark for people with a PhD degree, both within and outside the university sector.

A PhD student in Denmark must complete an individually planned PhD course programme within the relevant research area and conduct a research project under the supervision of experienced senior researchers. As part of the programme the PhD student is also expected to spend some time (up to six months), with coverage of travel and accommodation expenses, at another – often foreign – research institution. During the programme, the PhD student is further expected to gain teaching experience within the subject area as well as experience with other forms of dissemination of research results. ASB also finances participation in relevant PhD courses and scientific conferences. In addition, it is expected that PhD students participate in and contribute to the other activities of the department.

Conditions of employment
The PhD scholarship has a duration of three years. Graduates and students expecting to complete their study programme in the near future may apply for the scholarship. The employment is covered by a national collective agreement.

The applicant’s research potential will be the determining factor for a positive academic assessment. For further information on admission criteria and ASB’s PhD programme, please look here.

If you have any questions about the fellowship etc., please feel free to contact Henrik Scriver, deputy head, phone number +45 8948 6560, e-mail:

Questions about the preparation of the project description may be directed to Karsten Engsig Sørensen, Head of centre, phone number +45 8948 6335, e-mail:

Application and Assesment:
The following material must be attached:
    * Project description (max. 5 pages), including the expected theoretical and methodological approach.
    * Graduate diploma (including a list of all grades)
    * CV
    * Other material, if any (e.g. publications), which should be taken into account in the assessment

Only applications received through the electronic application facility will be accepted.

Deadline for application is May 12, 2010, at 12:00 noon.

Five (5) PhD Scholarships at Aarhus School of Business, Denmark

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