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Doctoral student, Law of persons, family law and human rights law - 2019BAPFRECHEF022

The Faculty of Law is seeking to fill a full-time (100 %) vacancy for a

Doctoral student in the area of the intersection of the law of persons, family law and human rights law

Job description

  • You prepare a doctoral thesis on the topic of the legal status and protection of unborn human life, from the perspective of human dignity (intersection of the law of persons, family law and human rights law).
  • You contribute to research support and provide academic services in the Faculty of Law.

Profile and requirements

  • You hold a master degree in law; students in the final year of their degree can also apply.
  • You submit a research proposal in English of maximum 10 pages on the topic, which includes the following headings: ‘state of the art’, ‘research objectives’, ‘methodology’ and ‘bibliography’.

The two prior conditions are conditions of admissibility.

  • You can submit outstanding academic results.
  • Your academic qualities comply with the requirements stipulated in the university’s policy.
  • You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and cooperative.
  • You have a good command of English, and excellent academic reading and writing skills.

We offer

  • a doctoral scholarship for a period of one year, with the possibility of renewal for a three-year period after positive evaluation;
  • the start date of scholarship will be 1 April 2019 or as soon as possible after that date;
  • a gross monthly grant ranging from € 2.373,36 - € 2.516,73;
  • a dynamic and stimulating research environment.

How to apply?

  • Applications may only be submitted online, until the closing date of 28 February 2019. Do not forget to attach a research proposal. For your reference, a template can be found here.
  • A pre-selection will be made from amongst the submitted applications. The remainder of the selection procedure is specific to the position and will be determined by the selection panel.
  • The interviews of the candidates, preselected by a selection panel, will take place on 14 March 2019.
  • More information about the application form can be obtained from
  • For questions about the profile and the description of duties, please contact Prof. Frederik Swennen at or Prof. Wouter Vandenhole at

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