Onderzoekseenheid Internationaal en Europees Recht
KU Leuven
2 dagen geleden
  • The department of international and EU law teaches and researches, not surprisingly, international and EU law. There are three institutes within the department (EU law;
  • International law; Private international law) albeit in practice all professors and reserchers of the Instittues co-operate on a wide range of issues.

  • The research project concerned is led by prof Van Calster, who has a practice and teaching profile in environmental law;
  • new technologies; risk; international litigation; World trade law.

    Candidate profile

    Fort his position I am looking to recruit a researcher with a keen interest in empirical legal studies (ELS). Candidate will be spending a lot of time perusing documents in various databases, and will be required to develop, withprof Van Calster, relevant ELS instruments for the project.

  • Those with no interest in long library hours or in the forensics’ of the law need not apply. Candidate’s English must be proficient, preferably mother tongue level, as proven by standard documentation (university degree taken in English speakingcountries;
  • mother tongue English; language tests). Knowledge of Dutch is not a requirement. Knowledge of German and / or French a bonus, as is knowledge of any other language.


    Candidates must hold a masters of arts degree,preferably an LL.M. degree, and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), with a grade of merit achieved at least at the Masters level.

    Proven study of intellectual property rights during LL.B and / or Masters degree, proven interest and / or study in regulatory law (including in particular : environmental law).

    Prof Van Calster has received funding to research the links between needs’ and innovation (NINJA Needs and INnovation JuxtAposed).

    The PhD student recruited to the project will be tasked in particular (and this will be his / her PhDresearch) with researching the link between public interest and public needs,and intellectual property rights (IPRs) -

    IPRs are a crucial part of innovation policy.

  • For his / her PhD research, student will research public participation in the IPR process (particularly : patent applications) in key jurisdictions;
  • subsequently,will peruse patent applications made in those jurisdictions, with a view toidentifying any public interest claims made in same;
  • finally, will research to what degree any such claims made have actually materialised in practice,following the granting of the patent.

    The recruited candidate will also be involved in prof Van Calster’s broader work in the regulatory area, particularly in ongoing research and publications with respect to environmental regulation and new technologies.

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