The Multilingual Government PhD

Application deadline: 7 February 2020

Interview Date 23 and 24 march 2020

The Ulster University Doctoral College invites applications for a Ph.D. position in Multilingual Government.

Admission to the programme:

Candidates are welcome from any of these areas of research, and they are invited to develop their personal approach to the topic. A variety of theoretical approaches to the issue are possible, depending on the background of the candidate, including comparative studies, grounded theory and formal modelling. Research methods can be both quantitative and qualitative. Considering the international scope of the project, access to scientific literature and policy documents in more than one country is central. Therefore, knowledge of languages other than English, in particular French, is an asset.

Essential: A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject from a UK institution (or overseas award deemed to be equivalent via UK NARIC); and desirable: A Masters’ degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience.


The goal of the project is to study the challenge of multilingualism in the public administration in a comparative perspective. This is still a largely uncharted area with few contributions published to date. Given the project topic, an interdisciplinary approach is needed. This is an interdisciplinary project at the interface between public policy studies, public administration, sociolinguistics and economics.

More information about the programme, the application procedure and required documents is available on this site.

Conference on Empirical Legal Studies

The 3rd Conference on Empirical Legal Studies in Europe (CELSE) will be held at the University of Oslo, 11-12 June 2020

Programe objectives:

CELSE is an interdisciplinary gathering that draws researchers from across Europe and the world, bringing together scholars in law, economics, political science, psychology, policy analysis, and other fields who are interested in the empirical analysis of law and legal institutions. CELSE will consider empirical papers across all areas of law, although priority will be given to papers with a European focus. Empirical analysis is understood to encompass any systematic approach to quantitative or qualitative data analysis, including statistical analysis, machine learning, experiments, text-mining and network analysis techniques.

Crucial dates and info:

  • Please apply using linked form
  • Application deadline: February 15 2019

Further details and call for papers are available on this website.

Ph. D ETH Zurich

Application deadline: 15 February 2020

The Center for Law & Economics ( at ETH Zurich has approximately 70 group members from law, economics, political science and computer science. At the Center, Professor Stefan Bechtold invites applications for a Ph.D. position in law (intellectual property, antitrust, privacy, Internet law, LegalTech, with a focus on law & economics methods).

Admission to the programme:

Applicants to this position must have a law degree (master, J.D., State Exam etc.) with excellent grades and, ideally, should have already had some exposure to formal social science methods (quantitative empirical or experimental methods).


We are looking for a highly qualified, research-oriented student with a legal education and an interest in one or several of the areas of law listed above. Are you interested in writing a Ph.D. thesis (paper-based, in English), participating in the international law & economics discourse, and delving into empirical and/or experimental methods? At our Center, students can conduct internationally oriented fundamental research as part of a highly motivated team at a leading research university. We offer an interdisciplinary environment, close supervision, and excellent contacts with leading scholars at U.S. universities. Our Center organizes various seminar series and conferences which enable our group members to meet internationally leading researchers from all areas of law & economics on a regular basis. Our broad international network offers attractive career prospects.

More information about the programme, the application procedure and required documents is available on ETH site.

European Doctorate in L&E Application

Application for programme starting October 2020

Application deadline: 1 February 2020

6-7 scholarships available!

  • one of the largest doctorate programmes in the field
  • a joint doctoral programme by four of the leading European universities: the Universities of Bologna, Hamburg, Rotterdam and Rennes 1
  • a chance to live in (at least) three different countries and work together with PhD researchers from all over the world
  • scholarships offered by partner universities
  • multiple doctoral degree

Admission to the programme:

Diploma or a bachelor and master degree in law or economics or a relevant field, or an equivalent university degree (second cycle qualification).


Applicants will be selected on the basis of their academic merit and their capability of carrying out high-level scientific research activities in the field of the economic analysis of law, and in compliance with the regulations. Good knowledge of English is a prerequisite.

More information about the programme, the application procedure and required documents is available on

Lucerne Graduate Academy for Law and Economics

The Lucerne Graduate Academy for Law and Economics will be hosted by the University of Luzern, on July 6-10, 2020.

Programe objectives:

The Lucerne Graduate Academy for Law and Economics is an annual intensive one-week programme designed to introduce legal scholars and economists to the principles and current trends in the field of law and economics. The Graduate Academy will be conducted in collaboration with the Notre Dame Law School Research Program on Law and Market Behavior (ND LAMB).

Crucial dates and info:

  • Please apply using linked form
  • Tuition fee: CHF 1200.-
  • Application deadline: January 31 2019

Further details and call for papers are available on this website.

Midterm Conference in Law and Economics

The Midterm Conference in Law and Economics will be hosted by the Rotterdam Institute of Law and Economics (RILE), Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam, on February 13-15, 2020.

Conference objectives:

 EMLE invites scholars and graduate students in the field of Law and Economics to present their research at the academic conference. The conference, which will celebrate the 30th academic year of the EMLE program, will include a keynote lecture by Prof. em. Boudewijn Bouckaert, the first director of the EMLE program.

Crucial dates and info:

  • Please submit your paper or abstract as PDF‐file to
  • There will be no conference fee or any other costs associated with attending the academic program for presenters.
  • Submission deadline: December 5, 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: before December 16

Further details and call for papers are available on this website.

Workshop on Institutional Analysis

The Workshop on Institutional Analysis will be hosted by the Binh Duong New City, Vietnam, on May 10-16, 2020.

Workshop objectives:

 Present your research in new ways in a small, focused setting.  Share intensive discussions and get feedback from faculty and other participants:  first within a small group, then formally before the entire workshop.  Ten full-time faculty will provide intensive mentoring.

Hear the faculty discuss their own research and strategies to formulate questions, develop analysis, and communicate results.

Network closely with faculty and other young scholars who have an enduring interest in institutional analysis.  After the daily sessions, enjoy informal conversations during delicious dinners. There will also be a special event and a gala dinner.  Upon graduation, become part of a scholarly network with alumni from 76 countries.

Crucial dates and info:

  • Apply online at
    There you will need to upload your research abstract (350 words max), 1-page CV, statement of purpose, and the names of two references.
  • Submission deadline: January 11, 2020
  • Notification of acceptance: Twenty-six participants will be selected competitively on the basis of their research abstracts, CVs, and references.  Abstracts will be evaluated on the clarity and importance of the research question, analysis, and institutional focus.  Projects with empirically testable implications are preferred. Admissions decisions will be announced in February.

Further details and call for papers are available on this website.

MaCCI Law & Economics Conference

The MaCCI Law & Economics Conference will be hosted by the Leibnitz Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim, on November 14-15, 2019.

Conference objectives:

The conference will provide an international platform for exchange and discussion between academic researchers and practitioners in public authorities, legal counsel, and economic consultancies.

The MaCCI Law and Economics Conference is organized for the ninth time since the inaugural edition in 2011. It is our ambition to stimulate and disseminate research in the field of innovation policy, competition, market design,  and regulation.

This year the topic is “Intellectual Property Proceedings”. The conference will consist of two keynote lectures and four panel discussions covering the following topics.

  • Proportionality of Injunctions in Patent Law
  • Trade Secrets – Valuation and Protection
  • What is FRAND?
  • Using Alternative Dispute Resolution to Strike a FRAND Deal


  • Nathan Wajsman: Chief Economist EU Intellectual Property Office, Alicante, Spain
  • Gary Moss: Partner at EIP Europe LLP, London, UK

Further details and call for papers are available on this website.

The ComplianceNet 2020

The ComplianceNet 2020 Conference will be hosted by the University College London (UCL) School of Public Policy/Department of Political Science and the UCL Global Governance Institute, on June 29-30, 2020.

Conference objectives:

ComplianceNet seeks to bring together scholars from a range of different disciplines to study the interaction between rules and human behaviour, broadly defined. The first two meetings have been highly successful, bringing together academics from business, criminology, economics, law, political science, psychology and sociology, among other fields.

Crucial dates and info:

  • ComplianceNet 2020 is timed to take place immediately after the biennial ECPR Regulatory Governance meeting—a meeting which may be important for a number of ComplianceNet attendees–at the University of Exeter taking place from June 24-26.
  • Submission deadline:  January 24, 2020
  • Notification of acceptance: within one month

Further details and call for papers are available on this website.

Endogenous Rules, Risk & Legal Institutions Workshop

The Workshop on Endogenous Rules, Risk & Legal Institutions will be hosted by the Claremont Graduate University, California, on February 21-22, 2019.

Workshop’s objectives:

The aim of the Endogenous Rules, Risk & Legal Institutions Workshop is to showcase recent contributions that enhance our understanding of endogenous rules within legal institutions. By design, we want the workshop to be interdisciplinary and open to any methodological approach. 


  • Steven Raphael
  • Shawn Bushway

Crucial dates and info:

  • Hotel and meals will be covered for those presenting a paper. There is no registration fee required for speakers or attendees.
  • Submission deadline: November 1, 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: November 15, 2019

Further details and call for papers are available on this website.