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PhD programme

The PhD programme Global Studies. Justice, Rights, Politics is a cutting-edge, international and interdisciplinary course designed for students interested in pressing, pivotal challenges of contemporary societies and legal orders such as global justice and constitutionalism, human rights, constitutionalism and impoverishment, corruption, distrust, democracy, inequality, crisis of representation, populism, immigration, gender studies, sustainable development, global competitiveness and big data.

The candidates we are looking for are outstanding applicants whose aspiration is to undertake a higher education course inspired to the contamination of different fields of knowledge, to be educated and trained to become experts on global issues, capable of analytical skills, research design and problem-solving approach by applying methods and models derived from an array of disciplines, including: moral and political philosophy, economics, development economics, gender studies, history of political institutions, political science, comparative constitutional law, international law, food law, EU law, and immigration law.


Scientific Board

Giuliano Amato (Italian Constitutional Court justice, former Italian Prime Minister and Vice-President of the European Convention)

Richard Bellamy (Max Weber Programme, European University Institute)

Guido Calabresi (senior judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; former Dean of the Yale Law School)

Ian Carter (Università degli Studi di Pavia)

Ana Marta Guillen Rodriguez (Universidad de Oviedo)

Vicki Jackson (Harvard Law School)

Mattias Kumm (Berlin Social Science Centre; NYU School of Law)

Christopher McCrudden (Queen's University Belfast; Michigan Law School)

David Nelken (King's College London)

Isabelle Pingel (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)

Pablo Riberi (Universidad Nacional de Córdoba)

Marco Roscini (Westminster University)

Silvana Sciarra (Italian Constitutional Court, former Head of the Department of Law, European University Institute)

Antoon Vandevelde (KU Leuven)

Armin von Bogdandy (Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law – Heidelberg)



Executive Board

Benedetta Barbisan (coordinator) – Comparative Constitutional Law

Francesco Adornato – EU Agricultural Law

Roberto Baratta – International Law

Gianluca Busilacchi – EU Welfare Sociology

Simone Calzolaio – Internet Law

Ronald Car – History of Political Institutions

Giovanni Cerulli – Applied Economics (CNR - Rome)

Catherine Del Cont – Private Law (Université de Nantes)

Helder De Schutter – Ethics (KU Leuven)

Claudia Finotelli – Political Philosophy (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

Benedetta Giovanola - Ethics

Eszter Kollar – Political Science (Goethe Universität Frankfurt)

Natascia Mattucci – Political Philosophy

Natasa Mavranicola – Public Law (Birmingham Law School)

Emmanuele Pavolini – Economic Sociology

Andrea Prontera – Political Science

Henry Sardaryan – Political Science (MGIMO Moscow)

Gina Schouten – Moral Philosophy (Harvard University)

Alex Schwartz – Constitutional Law (Queen’s University Belfast)

Francesca Spigarelli – Applied Economics

Ilaria Trapé – Food Law

Valentina Volpe – Global Democracy (Université Catholique de Lille)


Research Topics

a) Corruption and Organised Crime. How They Interfere with the Protection and Enjoyment of Human Rights

b) Constitutionalism and Impoverishment

c) Global Justice and Constitutionalism, Inequality and Human Rights

d) Distrust, Populism, Democaracy and Crisis of Representation

e) Global Competitiveness for Companies and Industries in the Big Data Era

f) Sustainable Development – Food, Energy, Smart Cities

being immigration and gender studies cross-cutting perspectives to all the topics.

N.B.: Project statements are required to adopt an interdisciplinary approach, as each of the aforementioned topics does fit a comparative, interdisciplinary perspective.


Available Positions

No. 6 positions with scholarships (of which 2 reserved to candidates graduated outside Italy)

No. 1 positions without scholarship

No. 1 fellowship position (separated selection process:


Selection Process

Evaluation of dossier

Interview (min score 7/10)


First Evaluation’s Criteria

Candidates will be admitted to the interview when a very good evaluation according to these criteria is achieved:

a) evaluation of the master’s degree’s consistency with the PhD programme;

b) evaluation of the CV;

c) evaluation of the project statement’s quality, creativity and impact;

d) language proficiency


Interview’s Criteria

Interview will be conducted and assessed according to these criteria:

.     a) discussion with the candidate on the CV;

.     b) discussion with the candidate on the project statement’s quality, creativity and impact;

.     c) English language proficiency as emerged during the interview;

.     d) motivation


Admission Requirements

To apply for this PhD programme, the candidate must meet the following FIVE requirements:


1) Hold a master’s degree among the following,

if obtained in Italy:

LMG/01 Classe delle lauree magistrali in giurisprudenza

LM-19 Informazione e sistemi editoriali

LM-52 Relazioni internazionali

LM-56 Scienze dell'economia

LM-59 Scienze della comunicazione pubblica, d'impresa e pubblicità

LM-62 Scienza della politica

LM-63 Scienze delle pubbliche amministrazioni

LM-76 Scienze economiche per l'ambiente e la cultura

LM-77 Scienze economico-aziendali

LM-78 Scienze filosofiche

LM-81 Scienze per la cooperazione allo sviluppo

LM-84 Scienze storiche

LM-88 Sociologia e ricerca sociale

LM-90 Studi europei

1/S (specialistiche in antropologia culturale ed etnologia)

17/S (specialistiche in filosofia e storia della scienza)

18/S (specialistiche in filosofia teoretica, morale, politica ed estetica)

22/S (specialistiche in giurisprudenza)

60/S (specialistiche in relazioni internazionali)

64/S (specialistiche in scienze dell'economia)

67/S (specialistiche in scienze della comunicazione sociale e istituzionale)

70/S (specialistiche in scienze della politica)

71/S (specialistiche in scienze delle pubbliche amministrazioni)

83/S (specialistiche in scienze economiche per l'ambiente e la cultura)

84/S (specialistiche in scienze economico-aziendali)

88/S (specialistiche in scienze per la cooperazione allo sviluppo)

89/S (specialistiche in sociologia)

96/S (specialistiche in storia della filosofia)

or, if obtained abroad, among the following:


Political Science





International Relations

European Studies


2) Present a project statement within one of the research topics

3) Draft the project statement in English according to the following table of contents (max 2,000 words in 14,000 characters including spaces):

a)  Title of the project statement

b)  Background (What is the motivation for this PhD proposal? What topics and 
challenges will be addressed? Why are these topics of relevance (or interest)? Describe concisely the state-of-the-art. What will the PhD proposal address that goes beyond the state-of-the-art?)

c)  Objectives (what does the PhD proposal intend to investigate and/or prove? Why is this line of research original and salient in the field? Why the objectives pursued are relevant for the issue investigated?)

d)  Research Methodology (Is there a particular method that will lead the research? How does it work? Why is this methodology suited?)

e)  Work Plan and Timeline (Provide a six-month outline of how you will complete the work within the time scheduled (the PhD programme takes three years)

f)  References (bibliography used in the state-of the-art and all the relevant sources to explain the proposal)


4) Prove English language proficiency as follows:

either a) demonstrating to be an English native speaker;

or b) holding a master’s degree in English as the medium of instruction.

If the candidate does not meet any of these language requirements, an English proficiency certificate is appreciated proving a C1 level (Effective Operational Proficiency) as stated by the Common European Framework of Reference for Language («the ability to communicate with the emphasis on how well it is done, in terms of appropriacy, sensitivity and the capacity to deal with unfamiliar topics»).

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Proficiency (CPE), TOEFL (100/120 internet-based) and IELTS (8/10) will be considered. Other certificates may be taken into account.


5) Motivation letter

Fill the section Why do you plan to attend graduate school? in the application form.


PhD Duties

International mobility for study and research activities for 12 months.