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  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 24 March 2017
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 749pts.
  • Duration:
  • 3 years

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    The Ph.D in Law and Social Organizations (“Diritti e Istituzioni”), is centered not only on an academic training. It rather aims – by providing a specific and continuous preparation - at creating a solid bridge between the academic world and the professional one. This goal, in fact, reflects the assumption that Law is a social science, and as such, aside from a theoretical training, one should address both its historical and positivistic perspectives, by further entailing quantitative studies such as those found in sociology. Because of this approach, the composition of the scientific board reflects the above interdisciplinary methodology, and gathers both scholars approaching Law from a positivistic and sociological point of view, and scholars devoted to  abstract studies. 
    Therefore, the Ph.D deals with matters broadly related to Public Law, especially with respect to the interactions between subjective legal rights, and the governance and functioning of national, international, and supranational social and institutional organizations.
    These different topics are addressed throughout the course of the program, with a transversal approach, varying according to the scientific areas herein involved, so as to promoting their mutual enhancement. Moreover, the Ph.D deals with the legal issues raised by several matters mentioned in the VII EU framework programme, such as: economic and social sciences, humanities, health, information and communication technologies, transportation, environmental studies, energy, public security. At the same time, the program faces topics included in the National Research Plan of the Italian Government (e.g. governance and homeland security).
    At the same time, in light of the goals mentioned before, in order to promote its interdisciplinary and pluralistic methodology, the Ph.D envisages several forms of interaction with the program in “Law, Human Being, and the Market”. 
    The program, of course, needs to be implemented in a complex framework - influenced by the social context and the territorial and multicultural equilibriums - which is becoming increasingly challenging, and includes phenomena such as the European integration, the globalization, and communication technologies, which are constantly influencing the society and the various legal systems.  

    The Ph.D aims at training students capable of using the essential tools for legal researching, as to acquiring a deepened understanding - on the basis of the different curricula - both of abstract and positivistic legal studies, focusing (also in a comparative perspective) on administrative and constitutional law, criminal law and criminal procedure, ecclesiastical law and international law. 

    The Ph.D candidates will have to:
    - Acquire a systematic understanding of Public law, in the broader sense delineated above, and master the methodological trends in order to develop critical analytic skills with respect to the researched topics;
    - Show the capability of building up a research project for their Ph.D thesis, and be able to follow and implement it;
    - Choose an original topic, so as to providing a contribution suitable for national or international publication;
    - Communicate with their peers, and with the broader academic community (for this purpose the candidates will participate to specific seminars in order to present their current progresses). 

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    Candidates of any citizenship and age can submit an application provided that they meet any of the following requirements:

    o A degree awarded by an Italian University prior to Ministerial Decree 509/99 (identified as L)

    o A second level degree awarded by an Italian University (pursuant to Ministerial Decree 509/99 and Ministerial Decree 270/04, i.e. laurea magistrale (LM) or laurea specialistica (LS)).

    o An international second cycle degree (Master’s degree level) or other equivalent academic qualification awarded by a foreign university and granting access to PhD studies.

    Candidates whose degrees (either from Italian or foreign universities) will be awarded after the deadline for application may apply on the condition that their qualification is obtained within 31 October 2017.


    The entrance exam, aimed at ascertaining the candidate's attitude to scientific research, will be carried out as outlined in each PhD Programme Information Sheet . Each candidate is ranked by the Examining Board using 100 points. The points awarded for each test, the criteria for attributing them and the threshold scores to pass to the next phase of the selection are listed in each PhD Programme Information Sheet. To assess international qualifications, the Examining Board will adopt equivalent criteria. During the entrance examination, the Board may test the foreign language skills specified by the candidate in the application form.

    Interviews may be conducted online, upon a duly reasoned request approved by the Examination Board.

    Positions offered by the PhD Programme (by the PhD Office): 6 positions with scholarship, of which  2 reserved to candidates with international qualifications of which:

    - 6 scholarships funded by the University

    There is also 2 positions without financial support.

    The annual amount of the PhD scholarship is € 13.638,47, subject to modification in the event of a change in the law. This sum is subject to separate I.N.P.S. welfare contributions . The scholarship is confirmed on a yearly basis, provided that the PhD student has completed the required programme activities during the year and that the Academic board admits them to the successive year of the PhD. The scholarship is paid monthly in arrears. The amount of the scholarship is increased for any period of activity abroad by 50%, for a total period that must not exceed half of the duration of the PhD course. Scholarships funded by an external body and those that do not provide such benefits are not eligible for this increase. 

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