Job Opening

PhD Candidate in International Law 

3 years, fully funded

The Graduate Institute’s Centre for Trade and Economic Integration is accepting applications for a 3-year fully funded PhD position. The successful candidate will write her/his PhD thesis in international law under the supervision of Professor Joost Pauwelyn and will participate in the collection and analysis of data on international economic law treaties and case law as part of a Swiss National Foundation (SNF) project. Starting date is September 2016 or earlier upon agreement.  
 
Project description: International economic law is growing more complex every day. Faced with a proliferation of thousands of bilateral investment treaties, hundreds of free trade agreements and an ever-growing body of case law rendered by WTO panels or investment tribunals, it becomes exceedingly important to find new ways to organize and analyze the atomized structure of international economic law. This project will integrate state-of-the-art technology from computer and social sciences into legal analysis to reveal novel patterns of convergence and divergence in international economic law.
 
Profile: We are looking for applicants with a strong interest in international economic law and interdisciplinary research who hold a Master degree in international law or a related field. We expect successful candidates to have an excellent command of English as well as an interest in technology and data analysis. Experience with quantitative methods, network analysis and/or a background in computer science is an asset. 
 
What we offer: The successful candidate will work in a small dynamic team conducting novel data-driven research on international economic law. The position is 100% funded for 3 years with a gross salary of approximately CHF 4’000 per month and a reduced tuition fee may apply.
 
How to apply: Applicants must submit two applications. First, applicants should send a letter of motivation and a detailed curriculum vitae to wolfgang.alschner@graduateinstitute.ch (reference “SNF PhD Position”). Second, unless they have already done so, they should complete the ordinary application procedure for admission to the PhD in International Law at the Graduate Institute. 
 
The deadline for applications is the 15th of January 2016.
 
For an initial discussion regarding this position, please do not hesitate to contact us via email