Lund University, Faculty of Law,

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top universities. The University has around 47 000 students and more than 8 800 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

The Faculty of Law is offering one doctoral student position for a Doctor of Laws Degree within public international law, with specialization in international environmental law and international human rights law. The doctoral student position is financed by the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation and is integrated into a larger research project entitled ‘Screening for Sustainability: Implementing the European Green Deal through the EU Taxonomy Regulation’. Intended supervisors are Associate Professor Daria Davitti and Dr Britta Sjöstedt. 

The European Union responded to the economic crisis triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic with the second largest recovery package in the world. Yet, the EU and the world also face a climate emergency, responses to which can no longer be postponed. Thus, the EU must ensure that the economic recovery is both rapid and sustainable. To this end, EU expenditures must deliver on the promises of the European Green Deal: contribute to EU 2030 emissions targets; and achieve EU climate neutrality by 2050. To select investments that align with these objectives, the EU Taxonomy Regulation introduces new screening criteria to identify economic activities which are environmentally and socially sustainable. The project examines, from an international legal perspective, the way in which economic activities will be identified as ‘sustainable’ for the implementation of the European Green Deal. It clarifies the meaning of the ‘do no significant harm’ screening criteria contained in the EU Taxonomy Regulation for the identification of sustainable economic activities. At a time of increased legal challenges against states for climate inaction, it is vital that these screening criteria are compatible with existing legal standards, to prevent delays resulting from future litigation. Such delays would derail EU action plans for climate change and the economic recovery. 

The broader research projects aims to clarify the international legal scope of the requirements of 'do no significant harm’ in the EU Taxonomy Regulation and to clarify the interaction between the EU Taxonomy Regulation and the forthcoming EU Corporate Due Diligence Directive (or any other relevant legislation on human rights and environmental due diligence that will be introduced in its place). The doctoral project will be related to these two main aims. 

Job assignments

Those appointed to doctoral studentships shall primarily devote themselves to their studies.

Those appointed to doctoral studentships may, however, work to a limited extent with educational tasks, research and administration. Before a doctorate has been awarded, however, duties of this kind may not comprise more than 20 per cent of a full-time post. (Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 section 2)

The researchers and teachers at the Faculty are expected to contribute to a dynamic research environment as well as to other Faculty activities, and to perform work primarily in the workplace provided by the Faculty.

Eligibility/Entry Requirements

Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle courses and study programmes at a higher education may be appointed to doctoral studentships. (Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 section 3)

A person meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if he or she:

  1. Has been awarded a second-cycle qualification,
  2. Has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or
  3. Has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad. (Higher Education Ordinance chapter 7 section 39)

The special requirements are fulfilled by those who have completed a law programme and obtained the degree Master of Laws (juris kandidatexamen/juristexamen). The special requirements may also be fulfilled by those who can demonstrate other educational or particular professional experience where this is judged to provide the necessary qualification for doctoral studies comparable to that provided by the degree of Master of Laws (juris kandidatexamen/juristexamen) regarding both the subject for doctoral study and general legal education of importance for that subject.

Applicants with Swedish juristexamen/juris kandidatexamen degrees must have attained a grade average of Ba in the compulsory courses of the undergraduate programme. Applicants holding other degrees must have attained in principle an equivalent grade average in comparable portions of the degree programme. Only where very special circumstances apply may the Faculty Board approve exemptions from this rule.

The applicant must have obtained the degree of Master of Laws or the equivalent no later than March 16, 2022.

Basis of Assessment

For regulations concerning employment of Doctoral Students etc, see Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 sections 1-7.

For regulations concerning admission to third-cycle courses and study programmes, see Higher Education Ordinance chapter 7 sections 34-41.

Admittance of a doctoral student is based on an assessment of the candidate’s ability to benefit from third-cycle studies (Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 section 5, chapter 7 sections 35, 41).

The applicant’s ability to benefit from third-cycle studies and research will be assessed with reference to the selection criteria stated in the general study plan for third-cycle studies at the Faculty of Law, which are given in no particular order of importance.

The applicant's general competence:

  • Quality and content of the applicant's previous written work, such as a master's thesis
  • Ability to participate actively in the faculty´s research environment
  • Relevant educational background and grades/grade average
  • Relevant work experience

The scientific quality of the project description:

  • Ability to describe, question and discuss the current state of research
  • Sufficient clarity and logical coherence in the formulation of the aim and the research 
  • Stringency of legal reasoning and analysis
  • Adequate selection of theory and methods
  • Capacity for creativity and innovation in the formulation of the research questions and 
  • Clear expression and sufficient detail

Appointment Procedure

The application should be submitted through Lund University job application portal.

Your application should contain a curriculum vitae, grade transcripts, project description, a master thesis or similar degree projects, one or two references (manager, supervisor etc.) and other documents that you wish to submit.

The project description, enclosed in the electronic application, must not exceed 15 000 characters (n.b. - any text that exceeds the 15 000 character limit will not be considered) including spaces, footnotes, list of references and must be written in English, Swedish, Danish, or Norwegian (see Guidelines for Project description)

The Committee on Doctoral Education will call a limited number of candidates to interviews to be held on 18 May 2022, either by personal meetings or digital. Notification regarding who will be called for an interview is given no later than 21 April. The interview will be based on the project description and is intended to give the research committee an opportunity to gauge each applicant's capacity for research and ability to complete the project described.

Type of employment

Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7§. 

Type of employment Temporary position
First day of employment 2022-09-01 or according to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2022/268
  • Helena Josefsson, administrative director, +46462221095
  • Markus Gunneflo, director of studies, +46462221043
  • Daria Davitti, docent, +46462221019
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
Published 02.Feb.2022
Last application date 16.Mar.2022 11:59 PM CET

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