PhD candidate position on Digital Legal Studies / Applied Computational Methods

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 04 Jul 2021

While the development and application of artificial intelligence (AI) has taken off, many vulnerable persons such as victims, social media users, children, and consumers are left unprotected or even exploited because they do not have access to legal information or to law enforcement. In your project, you will seek to contribute to a better understanding of how computational methods can assist in the application, interpretation, or evaluation of the law, for instance to develop solutions for vulnerable persons. Data sources may include legal texts (e.g. laws, court decisions), social media data, or complaints.

You will undertake PhD research at the intersection of law and computer science under the supervision of professors of the Maastricht Law & Tech Lab. Your tasks concern conducting the research for your PhD project. Your PhD project will contribute to the Faculty of Law research programme on Law and Technology within the national framework of the Sectorplan on Digital Legal Studies. Your exact project will be determined in consultation with you. A small proportion of the appointment may be devoted to teaching activities, which commonly amounts to teaching activities in a period of eight weeks. Depending on your background and language skills, you will teach courses in private law and/or in law and technology.

You will be offered the opportunity to collaborate with researchers from different disciplines, including data science, knowledge engineering, and law. You will be part of an exciting and vibrant community where researchers from different disciplines meet and form interdisciplinary teams that conduct academically and societally relevant research. You will be offered the opportunity to, in addition to gaining knowledge on, expand your horizon and gain insights not only on applying computational techniques, but also on law, regulation, and ethics. For this, you will be encouraged, coached, and allowed to attend courses and workshops that will add social and legal knowledge to your skillset. PhD researchers participate in the Maastricht University Graduate School of Law.

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