PhD Studentship: Transitional Justice and Constitutionalism

University of Southampton - Centre for Law, Policy and Society (CLPS)

Mechanisms and processes of transitional justice have been deployed around the world in the aftermath of conflict and wars and have acquired a global or universal register as the primary ways of addressing the establishment of rule of law and stable accountable governance.

Examining the successes or limits of recent transitional justice experiences has highlighted the significant role of context and indigenous traditions to the processes bringing about lasting change. This project invites a PhD scholarship to examine the interconnections between transitional justice and the context of the domestic constitutional situation. Understanding how constitutional traditions/culture; practices; institutions and actors shape or influence the implementation or outcome of traditional justice becomes an important part of developing a wider understanding of transitional justice experiences and how significant constitutional change can be as a factor in its implementation.

Applications are welcome to draw on a wide methodological range to approach the research and by taking comparative case studies. The applicant would work in the context of the Centre for Law, Policy and Society (CLPS) which has been set up in Southampton Law School.

  • The successful candidate will start on 1 October 2018. The scholarship will offer full tuition fee and maintenance funding for 3 years. The doctoral stipend for 2017/18 is currently £14,000.
  • This studentship is only available for full time programmes and is open to applicants from the UK, the EU and overseas.
  • As part of the application you will be required to submit a CV, research proposal, degree certificate and transcripts, two academic references and proof of English language proficiency.
  • The deadline for applications is 15 February 2018. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be informed of interview arrangements between February and March 2018.
  • The awards will be allocated by end of April, with the outcome being communicated to the candidates in May.

If you wish to discuss any details of the studentship informally, please contact:

  • Postgraduate Research Admissions, Faculty of Business, Law and Art, Email: Telephone: +44(0)23 8059 2562.

To apply please follow the ‘Apply’ link on the following webpage:

PhD Law:  

Please mention reference FBLA-LAW-010 in the scholarship section of your application.

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