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Doctoral student, Intersection of Property Law and Public Law - 2019BAPFRECHEX177

The Faculty of Law is seeking to fill a full-time vacancy for a

Doctoral student in the field at the intersection of Property Law and Public Law

Job description

  • You prepare a doctoral thesis in the field at the intersection between Property Law and Public Law, particularly on the added social and ecological value of property law as a web of interests, in the context of Adaptive Law. Based on comparative legal research, your research addresses the potential of the above approach in the Belgian jurisdiction.
  • You publish scientific articles related to the research project.
  • You take on a limited number of tasks concerning educational and research assistance and academic service.

Profile and requirements

  • You hold the degrees of Master of Laws; students in the final year of their degree can also apply.
  • You submit an English research proposal of maximum 5 pages on the topic, which includes the following headings: ‘state of the art’, ‘research objectives’, ‘methodology’ and ‘bibliography’. The proposal should allow you to successfully complete the PhD in 4 years. You also add an abstract in Dutch of maximum 1 page.

The prior conditions are conditions of admissibility.

  • You have interest to conduct research on topics related to climate change, alternative land use and new living solutions and on new legal challenges related to citizen participation, environmental law and property rights.
  • You have excellent study results and/or relevant professional experience with respect to the vacancy.
  • You have obtained excellent grades in the courses of property law and public law.
  • Your academic qualities comply with the requirements stipulated in the university’s policy.
  • The focus in your teaching corresponds to the educational vision of the university.
  • You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and cooperative.

We offer

  • a doctoral scholarship for a period of two years, with the possibility of renewal for a further two-year period after positive evaluation;
  • the start date of scholarship is February1st 2020;
  • a gross monthly grant ranging from € 2.373,36 - € 2.516,73;
  • a dynamic and stimulating work environment. You are a member of the Research Group Personal Rights and Property Rights. Your research is connected with the “Metropolitan Legal Lab” (MLL), an open research platform that connects academics of different disciplines and experts in the field who address legal issues related to urban grand challenges.

How to apply?

  • Applications may only be submitted online, until the closing date 15 October 2019. On application you submit the following documents:
    • The research proposal;
    • a detailed overview of your study grades;
    • a letter of motivation.
  • 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 at 4 November 2019.
  • More information about the application form can be obtained at
  • For questions about the profile and the description of duties, please contact prof. Nicolas Carette, -, tel. 03 265 54.90 of bij prof. Sigrid Pauwels - tel. 0477 201 155.

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