One doctoral position in Law within the Mistra Biopath programme

Ref PAR 2022/1772

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The Department of Law is part of the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg. The Department of Law conducts exciting interdisciplinary research and education in the subject of law. The Department has expanded greatly over the last few years and it is steadily growing with new researchers and lecturers joining the staff. Today, there are more than 90 employees, approximately 1,300 undergraduate and graduate students and some 20 doctoral students. More information about the department is at https://www.gu.se/en/school-business-economics-law/law

The Department of Law invites applications for one doctoral position in law within the Mistra research programme.

The Mistra Biopath programme is an interdisciplinary research endeavour that aims to map, assess, co-develop and test existing and novel approaches for integration of biodiversity considerations into financial decision-making, and analyse the institutional and policy implications of potential transition pathways.

Job assignments

The position is part of the Mistra Biopath project https://www.mistrabiopath.se/ and the work packages on “Mainstreaming biodiversity through governance innovations”. As such the thesis is going to be situated in an transdisciplinary environment of applied and solution oriented research of strategic relevance for the transition towards a better integration of biodiversity in decision making. The doctoral student will be part of a cohort of PhD students with different disciplinary contributions from biology, environmental science, political science, economics, and law. Here, the project invites a thesis proposal on the legal implications of biodiversity financing.

Transforming the economic system to reward sustainable, long-term performance, and safeguard biological diversity requires new modes of governance. Here, governments play a pivotal role for facilitating, leveraging, and regulating the corresponding changes. In the thesis project, the legal drivers and barriers of financial self-regulation to protect and restore biodiversity will be analysed and assessed. The governance framework, its policy instruments and mixes thereof will be analysed in relation to 1) coherence between levels, policy arenas and instruments, 2) constraints, gaps, and potential to promote the protection and restoration of biodiversity, and 3) strength, weakness and alignment of public policy and private initiatives (in collaboration with other parts of BioPath). It will furthermore consider differences between sector specific instruments and tools common for different sectors (agriculture, forestry, energy). In addition, the project will assess legal conflicts and potential trade-offs with other legal areas such as climate regulations, and the effectivity of the current legal framework to protect biodiversity.

This is a full-time salaried position. The doctoral position will start at the latest in August 2023. The period of employment is initially one year of full-time studies, with the possibility of extension for another three years. The total length of the doctoral position is 48 months of full-time studies.

Regulations for employment of doctoral students are set out in SFS 1993:100.

Doctoral students shall primarily devote themselves to their education. Doctoral students may however also take on teaching and administrative duties amounting to no more than 20 per cent of full-time. In such cases, the employment will be extended correspondingly.

The successful candidates will be admitted to the LLD programme in one of the department's doctoral subjects: legal theory and philosophy, public law, civil law, criminal law, international law, law of procedure, and tax law.

Eligibility

The doctoral positions are open to persons who are not admitted to a doctoral programme. In order to be admitted to the LLD- programme the candidate must meet the requirements for both general and specific eligibility. Furthermore, the applicant must be considered in other respects to have the ability required to benefit from the doctoral programme. An applicant meets the general eligibility requirements for doctoral studies (third-cycle studies) if he or she:

  • has been awarded a degree at advanced level (second-cycle qualification)
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 higher ECTS credits of which at least 60 ECTS credits were awarded at advanced level (second cycle), or
  • has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

An applicant meets the specific eligibility requirements if he or she has been awarded a Swedish juristexamen or corresponding degrees, i.e., a LLB degree (min. 3 years full time studies, 180 ECTS credits) and a LLM degree, or otherwise has acquired the same level of knowledge and skills. When assessing whether the qualifications are sufficient, particular consideration shall be given to the requirements to successfully carry out the doctoral studies within a specific legal subject area.

Applicants must possess good skills in English. Good skills in Swedish will be considered a merit.

Applicants must have completed the requisite degrees (LLB and LLM) or must have passed all courses required for such degrees on the 20 February 2023, at the latest.

Assessment

In accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, Section 5, selection among the qualified applicants will be primarily based on the assessment of the applicant’s ability to complete the doctoral programme. During the selection process, an overall assessment of the applicant's qualifications, the qualities of the planned project and the Department's ability to provide necessary support is carried out. The following aspects will be considered when the project outline is assessed: the applicant's knowledge of previous and current research within the field, the scholarly basis of the research questions, the adequacy of indicated methods and the feasibility of the project within the framework of four years of full-time doctoral studies.

If two or more applicants have equal qualifications, gender equality and other diversity considerations will be taken into account. Admission to postgraduate studies is decided by the Head of Department upon recommendation from the Department's Doctoral Recruitment Committee.

The Department of Law will contact shortlisted candidates around the 18 of April 2023. The interviews will be held on the 24 and 25 of April 2023.

Application procedure

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the closing date, 20 February 2023. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

The application must be submitted electronically in the online recruitment system no later than 20 February 2023. The application must include:

  1. A CV of no more than one page
  2. A project outline of no more than five pages, excluding References
  3. Application for admission to doctoral studies on the designated form, available at the website
  4. Certified copies of the LL.B. and LL.M. degrees including Diploma supplement providing information about the programme's length, content, passed courses and grades
  5. Proof of sufficient knowledge of English or Swedish
  6. A writing sample, e.g., a master or bachelor thesis or another text authored by the applicant.

All degrees, diploma supplements and certificates must be certified and translated by an authorised translator into Swedish or English.

Project outline

The project outline shall set out the research question, theory, methodology, and sources of relevance for the project.

The project outline should contain the following headings:

  1. Aim, background, and literature review
  2. Research problem/research question
  3. Methodology
  4. Originality and relevance of the project
  5. Implementation of the proposed project
  6. Reference list (please use the Oxford or the Harvard system format for in-text citations and the reference list)

For further information regarding the position, please contact:

Anna Ghavanini, Assistant Head of Department: anna.ghavanini@law.gu.se 

Christine Forssell, Research Co-ordinator/Director of Studies: christine.forssell@law.gu.se

Clara Bergstrand, Doctoral Student, Doctoral Representative in the Professor's Committee: clara.bergstrand@law.gu.se

Lena Gipperth, Professor, Project Leader lena.gipperth@law.gu.se

Union organisations

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The University works actively to achieve a working environment with equal conditions, and values the qualities that diversity brings to its operations.

Salaries are set individually at the University.

In accordance with the National Archives of Sweden’s regulations, the University must archive application documents for two years after the appointment is filled. If you request that your documents are returned, they will be returned to you once the two years have passed. Otherwise, they will be destroyed.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.