04 July 2018

PHD FELLOWSHIP: Department of Roman Law and Legal History, KU Leuven (DEADLINE 7 August 2018)

(Source: KU Leuven)

The Catholic University of Leuven has an application for a four-year PhD fellowship.

The Department of Roman Law and Legal History is a part of the Faculty of Law of KU Leuven. The Department is focusing on the teaching of legal history, as well as on research on diverse legal historical topics. We are seeking to recruit a motivated PhD candidate in the area of European legal history. Under the guidance of the promoter, the PhD researcher will submit a doctorate within four years. She/He is a team-player who is prepared to contribute to the educational and societal mission of the Faculty of Law, and of the Department in particular.

  • Preparing a PhD on a theme of European legal history, preferably concerning the learned law (ius commune). The PhD student and the supervisor will decide upon the specific research topic by mutual agreement. The candidate can include a brief research proposal in his letter of motivation.
  • Participation at legal historical conferences, writing of legal historical scientific contributions
  • Assistance with the preparation of aproposal for a research grant
  • Assistance with teaching activities (within predefined limits)
  • The candidate has – on October 1,2018 – at least one of the following degrees: Master of Law (preferred), Masterof Arts in History, Master of Arts in classical languages (or equivalent). Candidates without a previous degree in law have to be willing to obtain the juridical knowledge and skills which are necessary for the research and for the assistance with the teaching activities.
  • The candidate obtained good study results.
  • The candidate has a demonstrable interest in legal history.
  • The candidate fluently reads Latin juridical texts, or is willing to acquire a good command of the Latin language by the end of the first year of the contract, which should enable her/him to independently read Latin juridical texts as of the beginning of the second year at the latest.
  • The candidate has a good command of different languages, in particular a very good active and passive command of Dutch and English, and at least a good passive command of French and German (or the commitment to improve her/his skills in those languages). A good command of other languages, in particular Italian and Spanish, is an added value.
  • Experience with paleography is not a must, but it is an added value.
A (four-year) PhD fellowship as of October 1, 2018: one-year contract, which upon positive evaluation is extended for another year, and after a second positive evaluation for a final period of two years. The PhD candidate will work in Leuven.

For more information please contact Mr. Wouter Druwé, tel.: +32 16 32 98 13, mail:
You can apply for this job no later than August 07, 2018 via the online application tool
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