Research Fellow in International Dispute Settlement (PhD candidate) (m/f)

About MPI and Job description

The Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law is an Institute of the Max Planck Society, which is Germany’s most successful research organization.

The Institute in Luxembourg conducts research in the areas of European law of civil procedure, international litigation and arbitration and dispute resolution in the financial markets.

The Max Planck Institute Luxembourg would like to appoint highly qualified candidates for two full-time positions as:


Research Fellow in International Dispute Settlement (PhD candidate) (m/f)
For the Research Department of International Law and Dispute Resolution



•    Fixed-term contract for 24 months, contract extension is possible, 40 hrs/week

Your tasks

The research fellow will conduct legal research (contribution to common research projects and own publications), particularly in the field of International Dispute Settlement.

The successful candidate will have the great opportunity to contribute to the development of the Department of International Law and Dispute Resolution led by Prof Ruiz Fabri and, in parallel, work on her/his PhD project.

The Research Fellow is expected to write her/his PhD thesis and perform the major part of her/his PhD research work in the premises of the Institute in Luxembourg, but also in close collaboration with her/his external supervisor and with the university or institution delivering her/his PhD diploma. A supervision of a PhD-thesis by Prof. Ruiz Fabri will also be possible.

Your profile

The applicants are required to have obtained at least a Master degree in Law with outstanding results and to have a deep knowledge of international public law. According to the academic grades already received, candidates must rank within the top 10 %.

The successful candidates should demonstrate a great interest and curiosity for fundamental research and have a high potential to develop excellence in academic research. Proficiency in English is compulsory (in written and oral); further language skills (in French and German notably) are of advantage.

Our offer

The MPI Luxembourg will offer scientific guidance, a fully-equipped office and an access to its noteworthy library to foster legal research activities. You will be free to write your thesis in English or in any other language which suits you, as long as you are able to communicate on its content in English.


The MPI Luxembourg offers outstanding conditions to undertake fundamental legal research, and a very conducive work climate in an international team, while being in depth knowledge exchange and support among other research fellows.

Salary and social benefits are provided according to the Luxembourgish legal requirements.


Please apply online until 15 July 2019.

Documents required

Documents required: a detailed CV incl. list of publications; copies of academic records; a PhD project description of no more than 1-2 pages with the name of the foreseen PhD supervisor and the name of the institution awarding the PhD certificate; the name and contact details of two referees.


The Max Planck Institute Luxembourg is an equal opportunity employer

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