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Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Strafrecht - Department of Public Security Law

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Freiburg im Breisgau - Germany
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 16th July 2019
Closes: 1st October 2019
Reference: PL-19-01

The Department of Public Security Law at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg i.Br., Germany, headed by its director Professor Dr. Ralf Poscher, of­fers several positions for

Doctoral Researchers

for the conferral of a doctoral degree in law (Dr. jur.) in co-operation with the University of Freiburg – Faculty of Law.

The Max Planck Institute, one of the leading centers for interdisciplinary research in public secu­rity matters in Europe, is organized in three research departments: criminal law, public law, and criminology. With its world-renowned, specialized library and numerous national and interna­tional co-operations, it offers an ideal environment for theoretical, normative, doctrinal, and em­pirical research. The Institute is part of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science, one of world’s most distinguished research organizations. Not only does the Max Planck Society and its institutes offer the opportunity for trans- and interdisciplinary cooperation among its 86 institutes, it also supports its researchers in such efforts and, more generally, supports them in the development of their academic careers.

The Department of Public Security Law is a new addition to the Freiburg-based Institute. It aims to contribute to the international research community with doctoral projects that seek to engage with the international discussion on fundamental issues of public security, public law, and legal theory. For an outline of the research agenda of the department see en/research/research-program/public-security-law/

Freiburg is a vibrant traditional German university town with a 900-year history, an international atmosphere and high recreational value. It is located in the border region of Southwest Germany, France and Switzerland. Under the European Campus Program students can profit from this unique trinational location by enrolling in courses of three highly ranked universities of Freiburg, Strasburg and Basel.

Applicants should be interested in exploring topics of public security law, general public law, or theory or philosophy of law. The interest should be demonstrated through a proposal for a con­crete research topic (max. 5 pages) in English or German. Academic recommendations are not necessary for the application but up to two are welcome.

Formal application requirements: First or Second German State Law Exam with a well above average grade or an equivalent legal degree with an equivalent grade from a foreign university or law school. Non-native speakers of German or English should demonstrate advanced proficiency in academic writing in at least one of these languages.

Financial support is granted in accordance with the guidelines of the Max Planck Society in the form of a doctoral contract. The primary obligation of the doctoral contract is the completion of the doctoral thesis. A small percentage of working hours dedicated to support of other activities of the department is expected. The financial support regarding the doctoral contract corresponds to about € 2,400 gross and includes all mandatory social insurances such as health care, unem­ployment, and retirement. Financial support will be granted for a period of three years, with a possibility of two subsequent extensions, each for a duration of six months.

The Max Planck Society strives to ensure gender equality and diversity. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society is committed to employ more persons with disabilities and explicitly encourages applications from such qualified individuals. We welcome applications from all backgrounds.

Please submit an informative application (including your proposal, a description of your fields of interest and previous work experience, CV, and relevant transcripts) no later than 01/10/19 electronically in one PDF-file to, Re: PL-19-01 (max. 5 MB per e-mail).

Please note that we are unable to respond to inquiries submitted by telephone, e-mail, or in per­son.

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