Open PhD position in global mobility as part the Center of Excellence
on Global Mobility Law.
The PhD scholarship is fully funded and salaried. The PhD position can
commence 1 January 2023. The start date is negotiable.
The positions will be affiliated with the new Center of Excellence on Global
Mobility Law (MOBILE) at the Faculty of Law, funded by the Danish National
Research Foundation. The Center aims to undertake the first comprehensive
study of laws pertaining to human mobility as an emerging and societally
important field. To this end, MOBILE pioneers a novel approach, focused on
legal infrastructure and entanglement theory, to normatively and empirically
study the complex interactions of diverse legal regimes impacting human
mobility, as well as the interfaces between regional mobility law frameworks
in both the Global South and North. MOBILE's mission is to provide novel and
broadly applicable insights into how different types of law interact, how
legal outcomes are produced, and the intended and unintended effects of their
enforcement in shaping specific mobility patterns. The Center's research
agenda is organized around three cross-cutting work streams:
Structures (the composition and interconnectedness of legal
infrastructures in key regional systems of mobility, and their
relationship to specialized legal regimes such as air and sea travel);
Practices (the legal and political processes through which legal
infrastructures are enforced and contested; and how such practices
directly and indirectly structure mobility opportunities);
Change (how ongoing practices prompt normative change in legal
infrastructures, and the conditions under which socio-natural and
political events reconfigure mobility law).
In their letter of motivation and research plan, candidates are encouraged to
clearly indicate how their project proposal relates to one or more of the work
Candidates with pre-existing experience working and studying in the following
regions, Economic Community of West African States - ECOWAS; East African
Community - EAC; Common Market of South America - MERCOSUR; Association of
South East Asian Nations - ASEAN; Cooperation Council of Arab States – GCC;
and European Union - EU, are particularly welcome.
Laws related to mobility are found across highly diverse national, regional
and international legal regimes, e.g. security, labor, trade, tourism, public
health, refugees and human rights. Candidates are expected to have pre-
existing training in one or more fields of law related to human mobility and
be willing to explore mobility law as a cross-cutting and interdisciplinary
field of study.
As a national Center of Excellence, MOBILE aims to create an enabling and
interdisciplinary environment for ambitious, highly creative and
scientifically daring research. For general information about what a Center of
Excellence is and entails, see: https: // dg.dk/en/what-is-a-center-of-
More information about the new Center of Excellence on Global Mobility Law can
be found here: https: // jura.ku.dk/english/news/2022/free-movement-new-centre-
The PhD Programme
The PhD will be part of the wider PhD Programme offered by the Faculty of Law.
The goal of the PhD Programme is threefold: to prepare candidates for a
continuing career in teaching and research; to educate a new generation of
scholars to produce high-quality independent research; and to equip them with
the analytical and problem-solving skills required for a successful career in
both the public and private sectors.
The Faculty of Law offers supervision by highly qualified academics and
provides an excellent opportunity to research contemporary legal issues in an
intellectually stimulating environment. Co-supervision by international
scholars affiliated with the Center of Excellence on Global Mobility Law is a
Successful PhD candidates are required to:
Actively engage in the research environment at the University of
Copenhagen, and in particular at the Center of Excellence on Global
Mobility Law; participate in international conferences, courses and
meetings relevant to their research project;
Comply with the formal requirements of the PhD programme;
Contribute to teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses in Danish
or English offered by the Faculty of Law
Conduct independent and high quality research under the supervision of a
senior member of academic staff at the Faculty.
Applicants must have obtained a degree that corresponds to the Danish
Master of Laws degree which is a second cycle 120 ECTS degree (two years
of full-time studies), that builds on a 180 ECTS bachelor's degree
(three years of full-time studies) or equivalent qualifications.
Applicants with a non-Danish Master's degree will have their degree
assessed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science in order to
establish, if the Master's degree is equivalent to a Danish Master's
Applicants must have obtained a minimum overall grade average of 8.2 or
above at the Master's level in accordance with the Danish grading scale
(for Danish scale, see https: // ufm.dk/en/education/the-danish-education-
Applicants may submit their application before they have completed their
Master's Degree. The Master's degree must be obtained before the start
Applicants must document an aptitude for research through the meritorious
assessment of their final thesis, publications or academic recommendations
in order to show that they are capable of undertaking the demanding task
of writing a PhD thesis.
Applicants must have excellent language skills in English and have
excellent communications skills. Applicants must be able to teach at an
academic level in Danish or English and to follow PhD courses in English.
Click 'Apply now' below to be taken to the online application form.
We advise you to have the following documents ready before you begin your
Research project proposal: This should include the following: (1)
objective(s) of the research, (2) major research questions, (3)
review of relevant literature, (4) methodology to be applied in the
research, and (5) a timetable that plans for all course requirements to
have been met within three years. The project description must elaborate
on the value of the proposed research project in terms of its relevance to
existing and future research in the field. It is recommended that the
project proposal does not exceed 6 A4 pages (excluding bibliography).
The document must be in Times New Roman, font size 12, spacing 1.5 with
all margins (right, left, top and bottom) set to 2 cm
Curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages).
Diplomas and transcripts: Certified copies of original diploma(s) and
transcripts (both Bachelor's and Master's degree) in the original
language and an authorized English translation if they are issued in other
language than English or Danish.
Grading scale: A certified explanation of grading scale in the original
language and an authorized English translation if it is available in
another language than English or Danish.
Letter of motivation: Explain the choice of the Faculty of Law at the
University of Copenhagen as a host institution for the proposed project
and outline how the project fits within the research priorities at the
Faculty (maximum 1 page).
Documentation of English level: Documentation of English level can for
instance be documented by an excellent IELTS or TOEFL test.
Submit your application electronically in English.
University of Copenhagen wishes to encourage all interested parties regardless
of personal background, gender or nationality to apply for the position.
Following the application deadline, the Associate Dean of Research will pre-
select PhD applications that will proceed to the assessment stage upon the
recommendation of the Selection Committee. Applicants are pre-selected for
further assessment in line with the Faculty's recruitment needs as described
in this job advertisement. This is carried out based on the overall assessment
of the applicant's educational qualifications, the quality of the submitted
research proposal and its relevance to the Faculty's research agenda, and
other relevant qualifications (e.g. relevant professional experience, any
previous academic publications etc.). All applicants are then notified by the
HR Centre as to whether their application has proceeded to the assessment
stage. The assessment is carried out by an expert assessment committee.
Selected applicants will be notified of the composition of the assessment
committee. When the committee has completed its assessment, each applicant has
the opportunity to comment on the assessment. A number of qualified applicants
will be invited for an interview.
Terms of employment
Successful candidates will be employed in accordance with the agreement
between the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations and the Ministry
of Finance concerning the salary of PhD students. If you are offered a PhD
position, you will receive a regular monthly salary in accordance with Danish
law and you will be entitled to an annual research budget. The Faculty does
not provide accommodation. If you are offered the position a certificate of
criminal record must be submitted.
For questions regarding the research project, please contact professor Thomas
Gammeltoft-Hansen, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Information about the recruitment process is available from HR, e-mail:
email@example.com, please refer to ID number: 211-1172/22-2H
Closing date for applications
The closing date for applications is September 29, 2022 , 23:59 GMT+1.
Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Likewise
incomplete applications (i.e. without all required documents) will be
The Faculty of Law is one of six faculties at the University of Copenhagen.
The Faculty carries out research, education and knowledge dissemination within
the area of law. Research is partly organized in research centres and groups
with focus on thematic areas of interest. The Faculty employs about 105
researchers and approx. 60 PhD students as well as approx. 70 administrative
staff members. In addition, approx. 400 part-time lecturers teach on the legal
programmes on which approx. 4,500 students are enrolled. See the Faculty
website: https: // jura.ku.dk/english for more information.