Faculty of Law

Mandatory courses in the ph.d.-programme

Baseline for legal methods and Perspective line: Legal and academic theory, ethics, legal pluralism and perspectives subjects.


Baseline for legal methods

The structure of doctoral dissertations, complex handling of legal sources, structure of arguments, text quality and requirements regarding academic honesty

Key elements

  • National start-up seminar
  • Start-up course about work tools and research ethics
  • Continuation of the David Doublet seminar (2 times – includes both the baseline and the perspectives line)
  • 1 project presentation at an early phase in a research group or international (Nordic) academic community in accordance with specific quality criteria
  • Midway evaluation

Main concentration on seminars in the course of a year that address

  • Characteristics of good legal presentations, academic writing conventions
  • Argument structure and text quality in legal texts
  • Complex handling of legal sources and introduction to different levels of comparative methods
  • Legal dogmatics and legal policy

Learning outcomes

After having completed the baseline, the doctoral candidate shall have insight into the basic requirements regarding legal methods and quality of analysis at a high international level. The candidate shall have insight into and the competency to develop questions at a high level, and be able to make qualified strategic choices in the structuring of the dissertation and the handling of the sources.



Perspective line

Perspective line: Legal and academic theory, ethics, legal pluralism and perspectives subjects 

Key elements

  • Academic theory –  overarching formulations of questions
  • Legal theory/legal philosophy, including perspectives from legal history
  • Legal scholarship and policy
  • Ethical challenges and dissemination strategy
  • Legal pluralism (policentrism, multilevel regulation)
  • Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives

Learning outcome

After having completed the perspectives line, the candidate shall have insights into different theoretical perspectives on law and legal methods, and have a basis for making informed and independent choices with regard to their own methodological and theoretical position, as well as ethical choices related to the research role and the dissemination of new knowledge. Through an introduction to and discussion of foundational challenges in the international and supranational development of law, the candidate shall be able to assess the consequences that the choices have for the dissertation project and its overarching goals. The candidate shall have basic insights into central issues and characteristics of the most current scholarly approaches interfacing with law, and be able to assess the appropriateness of a possible multidisciplinary approach.