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PhD fellowship in Sustainable Finance and Human Rights, Dept of Law, SDU – Denmark 2022


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Department of Law, a PhD fellowship in the field of Sustainable Finance and Human Rights at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) – Denmark 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply:
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: -
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Department of Law
University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
Odense, Denmark

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Qualification Details

A Ph.D. is a research degree at the highest international level. The Ph.D. fellow will become part of active learning environments, in Denmark as well as abroad, and he or she will obtain an extensive academic knowledge e.g. by participating in relevant Ph.D. courses. Furthermore, the Ph.D. fellow will gain teaching experience since part of the program involves teaching certain courses. The Ph.D. fellow is expected to be able to teach in Danish and/or English.

The Ph.D. fellow will be part of the already established legal research environment at the Department of Law, including the Centre for Law, Sustainability & Justice. The applicant hired is expected to show commitment and visibility and to contribute to the department’s positive work environment and the continuous operation of the department.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The applicant’s Ph.D. project will be anchored within a larger research project on Sustainable finance: financing a just energy transition with respect for human rights by integrating community engagement and investors’ leverage, executed at the Centre for Law, Sustainability & Justice (

The candidate’s project must relate to the topic of the overall project. Suggested foci include an analysis of the concepts of meaningful stakeholder engagement and leverage as originating in the theory and regime of ‘Human rights and business’, the complementarity of these concepts, the connection between the normative aspects, regulatory approaches and implementation, the implications of mandatory human rights due diligence for institutional investors in regard to investment in renewable energy production, and the complementarity between existing and emergent EU regulation of risk-based due diligence for human rights, sustainable finance, social and environmental taxonomies, and non-financial reporting, and/or any challenges related to any of this issues.

The applicant is expected to have academic qualifications corresponding to the level obtained by completing a relevant Master’s degree programme.

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Documents Required

The application must include the following:

  • Motivated application
  • Detailed Curriculum vitae
  • Master’s degree certificate including all examination results
  • An application form (is available here )
  • A project description (max 5 pages of 2400 characters each, including spaces, notes, appendices, bibliography etc.). The guidelines for preparing a Ph.D. project proposal for the Department of Law are available here.
  • An abstract of the project description of no more than 250 words
  • Publications, if any – however, no more than two. If one of the attached publications is a master thesis, only the research question and conclusion should be attached, not the entire thesis.
  • Information on teaching experience or other forms of academic communication

Documents which are not in Danish, Norwegian or Swedish must be translated into English. SDU may discard applications which are incomplete regarding the above-mentioned criteria without further notice.

About the Department

The Department of Law is part of the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences, which is comprised of six departments. The Department of Law currently has 62 employees divided into five research groups: Private Law, Public Law, International Law, Law in Society, Centre for Law, Sustainability & Justice for and a secretariat. Furthermore, the department has several part-time employees. The Department of Law offers the traditional law degree alongside a combined HA (jur)/MSc (Econ) course. In addition, the department is responsible for the teaching of other legal subjects offered at SDU, e.g. on the MSc in Business Economics and Auditing and the diploma programmes.

About the Employer: University of Southern Denmark (SDU)

Note or Other details

Further information about the Department of Law is available at the department’s website. The Ph.D. program is provided by the Ph.D. School at the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences who offer further information on their website.

Application, salary, etc.Your employment as a Salaried PhD Research Fellow is governed by the agreement of 10 November 2015 on Graduate Employees in government appendix 5 – protocol on PhD Research Fellows. The scholarship runs for three years.

When the deadline for applications has expired, a number of applications are selected for an academic evaluation (shortlisting), based on an overall assessment of which of the applicants as regards both their qualifications and their project description match the strategies of the research groups and the department’s needs the best.Subsequently, the chosen applicants will be assessed by a committee from the Department of Law.. Once they have submitted their report, each of the applicants in concern will receive the evaluation concerning him/her. A number of applicants will then be invited to a job interview.

The University of Southern Denmark wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of our society and thus welcome applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of personal background. Applications must be submitted electronically using the link "Apply online". Uploaded files must be in Adobe PDF (unlocked) or Word format.

Read the guideline for applicants

Each field can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb.

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Contact details

For further information, please contact:

Head of the Centre for Law, Sustainability & Justice,Professor Karin Buhmann Email:

Ph.D. coordinator,Professor Nina Dietz LegindEmail:

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