The selected candidate will join the team of the CHAINLAW project led by Prof. Dr. Anna Beckers and write their PhD thesis in this context.
CHAINLAW – Responsive Law for Global Value Chains – is a five-year project running 2023-2028 that is funded as an ERC Starting Grant. The project team will consist of five researchers, the Principal Investigator Anna Beckers, 2 postdocs and 2 PhD researchers. The core aim of CHAINLAW is to develop a novel conceptual and normative legal language for Global Value Chains (GVCs). It will do so by a combination of theoretical, doctrinal, empirical, technical, and normative analysis on the law of GVCs. Methodologically, the project works with the ideas of sociological jurisprudence and it focuses on three categories of rules, namely formal rules, private regulation and technical systems (doctrine, documents, and data). The theoretical perspective taken is grounded in the concept of socio-legal institutions. More information on the project can be found here.
The recruited PhD researcher should have a background in law or sociology with a profile in socio-legal studies/legal sociology, preferably with experience in empirical and theoretical research in the social sciences. The PhD candidate is expected to conduct research in relation to “documents” and private regulation. This entails empirical research on supply-chain documents, such as corporate due diligence reports, order sheets and contract terms to obtain a conceptual understanding how these private documents structure global value chains for various policy objectives (such as sustainability, product safety, security of supply).
The position is a full-time research position dedicated to the CHAINLAW project. The position includes the writing of a PhD thesis. The expectation towards the successful candidates is to complete a high-quality PhD thesis or a dissertation based on high-quality papers during the four years of employment. Moreover, the PhD will be involved in project management and conference organisation related to CHAINLAW. The PhD project will be supervised by a team of two senior academics. The position does not comprise teaching duties but allows for teaching if substantively related to the CHAINLAW project.