Doctoral position in Private Law with focus on Maritime and Transport

Updated: 26 days ago
Deadline: 29 Sep 2021

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The Department of Law is part of the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg. Legal education and research have been conducted in Gothenburg since the School was founded in 1923. The Department of Law has expanded greatly over the last few years and it is steadily growing with new researchers and lecturers joining staff. Today, there are more than 90 employees, approximately 1,300 undergraduate and graduate students and some 20 doctoral students. Further information is

The Department of Law invites applications for a doctoral position in Private Law with focus on Maritime and Transport Law

Job assignments

The successful candidate in Private Law with focus on Maritime and Transport Law will enroll in the Department’s doctoral education and conduct his/her own doctoral project within the frame of a larger research project. The doctoral position also includes teaching of approximately 20% of full-time in Private Law and Maritime and Transport Law, among other courses.

The doctoral project within the field of Private Law includes both Swedish and Nordic Contract Law and Private Law. The project focuses on studying the agreement as a regulatory instrument and, above all, the possibilities of regulating agreements in relation to third parties. There is some research on the topic in recent years, but the topic may be relevant on a very broad front. The primary context of the doctoral project is the shipping industry, and the specific example is anchored vessels with a shorter length of stay.

As a doctoral student in the project described above, you will be part of a research group with senior researchers and doctoral students. The group specialises in several areas of law, such as Maritime Law, Law of the Sea, Marine Environmental Law and Ocean Governance Law. The group studies transport and trade, but also environmental issues and ocean governance. The group is involved in interdisciplinary cooperation with fellow researchers at the School of Business, Economics and Law as well as marine researchers at the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology.   


Acceptance to the doctoral programme aiming at the completion of a doctoral degree in law presupposes general eligibility and specific eligibility.

An applicant meets the general eligibility requirements for doctoral studies (third-cycle studies) if he or she:

  • has been awarded a degree at advanced level (second-cycle qualification)
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 higher ECTS credits of which at least 60 ECTS credits were awarded at advanced level (second-cycle), or
  • has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

An applicant meets the specific eligibility requirements if he or she has been awarded a Swedish juristexamen or is a holder of corresponding degrees of 270 higher education credits/ECTS credits in Law, in total, including a Master thesis of minimum 15 ECTS. By corresponding degrees of 270 ECTS credits we mean an LLB degree of min. 3 years full time studies, 180 ECTS credits and an LLM degree of min. 1,5 years full time studies, 90 ECTS credits including a thesis of min. 15 ECTS credits.

Applicants shall have sufficient knowledge of Swedish or English.

The doctoral positions are open to persons not yet accepted for a doctoral programme

Applicants should fulfil the general and specific eligibility requirements on the 29 September 2021, at the latest.


The assessment of the applicants’ competence, skills, and documented qualifications will be based on the estimation of their ability to perform the job assignments and contribute to the implementation of the research project. Furthermore, we will focus on the candidates’ skills in relation to the research project's objectives, methods and theory.

Applicants for the position must include a project outline based on the description of the research project under Job assignment.

The following aspects will be considered when the project outline is assessed: the applicants’ knowledge of previous and current research within the field; the scholarly basis of the research questions; the adequacy of indicated methods; and the feasibility of the project within the framework of four years of full-time doctoral studies.

The applicants’ ability to cooperate with researchers within and outside the Department in order to perform the job assignments will be of great importance in assessing the suitability for the employment. Moreover, their ability to collaborate with the public and disseminate their research results will be considered.

Application procedure

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the call and that it is submitted before the closing date, 29 September 2021. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

The application have to be submitted electronically in the online recruitment system no later than 29 September 2021. Should you have technical difficulties or questions regarding the application database, please, contact

The application must include:

  • A CV of no more than one page
  • A project outline within the project theme of no more than 2 000 words, excluding references
  • Application for admission to doctoral studies – please, use the form at the website. Link to application form
  • Certified copies of the LL.B. and LL.M. degrees including Diploma supplement providing information about the programme's length, content, passed courses and grades
  • Proof of sufficient knowledge of English and, where applicable, Swedish
  • Two references
  • All degrees, diploma supplements and certificates should be certified and translated by an authorised translator into Swedish or English.

    Project outline

    The project outline shall set out the questions, theories, methods and sources of relevance for the project.

    The project outline should contain the following headings:

  • Aim and background including literature review
  • Research problem/ research questions
  • Method
  • Procedure
  • Expected results
  • Novelty and relevance of the project
  • Reference list, (please, use the Oxford or the Harvard system format for in-text citations and the reference list)
  • For further information regarding the position, please contact:

    Professor Claes Martinson, project leader,

    Associate Professor Anna Wallerman Ghavanini, vice head for doctoral studies,

    Christine Forssell, research coordinator,


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    The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

    Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.

    In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.

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