Writing a Ph.D. in Law: From Application to Publication

A Joint Initiative of the Doctoral School of Law, University of Luxembourg, and of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law

Monday, 13 June 2022, 9:00 - 12:00

Law graduates emerge from their legal studies, even at Masters’ level, with a remarkably shallow methodological sophistication. There is very little reflec­tion, analysis and discussion of objects and purposes of the legal doctorate. There are different practices of supervision in different faculties and differ­ent legal cultures. The individualistic nature of legal research and writing at the doctoral level and the lack of common standards leads to huge variation in experience and the absence of a common vocabulary and common sets of expectations.

This workshop will address both conceptual issues which will clarify the na­ture of, and the range of possibilities for, a successful legal dissertation as well as very pragmatic questions students face during the years of research and writing, ranging from choosing a research question and supervision to transforming a thesis dissertation into a publishable book.

This workshop anticipates problems and assists supervisors (when they bother to attend) and students alike with strategies to combat what is cur­rently an endemic malaise in doctoral studies.


Prof. Joseph Weiler

J.H.H. Weiler is University Professor at NYU Law School and Senior Fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard. He served previously as President of the European University Institute, Florence. He has directed the doctoral programs at the University of Michigan Law School, Harvard Law School and the NYU School of Law. Prof. Weiler is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of International Law (EJIL) and the International Journal of Constitutional Law (ICON).

Location: Weicker Building, room B001, 4 rue Alphonse Weicker, 2721 Luxembourg

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