The Chair is actively encouraging students to undertake PhD studies and provides suitable candidates with a stimulating environment and thoughtful supervision. An important number of projects have been completed in recent years and were published by major domestic and international publishers. Ideally, you should have taken the Master course taught by Prof Andreas R. Ziegler and have written a Master Thesis under his supervision.
Students wishing to be supervised by Prof. Andreas R. Ziegler must obtain confirmations from (1) the University (Service des immatriculations) and (2) the Law School (Dean's Office) that they are admissible for PhD Studies at the University of Lausanne. In addition, they must prepare (3) a CV, (4) a motivation letter clearly stating career objectives, planned period and place of of research and funding available, and (5) a transcript of grades obtained in their Master Studies.
A limited number of paid PhD / Research Assistant positions is available. These positions are advertised when open but you should still inquire with your desired supervisor in view of up-coming opportunities.
Third-party funding may be available from various sources such as:
- SNSF - Doc.CH in the humanities and social sciences (HSS)
- Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists
Please contact your desired supervisor early if you consider applying for one of these schemes and be aware of the stringent deadlines.
Students wishing to apply for one of these funding schemes must beforehand obtain confirmations from (1) the University (Service des immatriculations) and (2) the Law School (Dean's Office) that they are admissible for PhD Studies at the University of Lausanne. In order to obtain (3) the acceptance letter by a supervisor send copies of these two confirmations and your full application (including cv, motivation letter and two reference letters by your previous university professors) to your desired PhD supervisor.
If you need guidance on how to write a research proposal you could check out this.
The following information guides on PhD studies provided by UNIL may be very useful:
The contents of these guides (in French and English), as well as many other advices, can be found online at the Young Academics Portal: www.young-academics.ch.
For women we recommend in addition the Réseau Romand de Mentoring.
Doctoral Programmes / Research Neworks
At the University of Lausanne you can benefit from the all the services and programmes offered by the Graduate Campus. In addition, the common doctoral programme of all Law Faculties of French-speaking Switzerland may be of interest.
We would also like to recommend active participation in the Schweizerisches Nachwuchsforum Öffentliches Recht / Forum suisse pour la relève en droit public / Forum svizzero per le giovani leve nell’ambito del diritto pubblico.
For students desiring to write a PhD thesis (in English) the follwing may be useful:
- Cryer, Robert, Tamara Hervey, Bal Sokhi-Bulley, and Alexandra Bohm, Research Methodologies in EU and International Law. (London: Hart Publishing, 2011). <http://dx.doi.org/10.5040/9781472560919.ch-007>
- Kathleen McMillan & Jonathan Weyers, How to research & write a successful PhD (Harlow, England, London, New York : Pearson, 2013).
- Dr. Karen’s Foolproof Grant Template
For citations and formatting use:
- OSCOLA (Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities) 2006: CITING INTERNATIONAL LAW SOURCES SECTION