Joint Doctoral Degree in Law, Science and Technology

Deadline: 21 January 2014
Open to: candidates with Master Degree
Scholarship: a grant to cover the participation costs – 300€/month, living allowance – 2,800€/month gross, travel and installation allowance – 3,000 – 7,500€


The Joint International Doctoral Degree in “Law, Science and Technology” is an interdisciplinary integrated doctorate designed to address new challenges in legal, socio-ethical and technical domains arising from the information society and newly emerging technologies.

The “Law, Science and Technology” doctorate aims to address the problem of fragmentation that exists in Europe in this interdisciplinary area, by setting up a robust doctoral programme inspired by the Stanford programme in Law, Science and Technology, while also addressing the unique requirements of Europe by looking at the impact of European cultural identities on ethical, medical and legal discussion, as well as at the specifics of European regulations. The programme covers three different research fields with its curricula:

  • Bioethics and Biolaw”, which looks at the legal and ethical problems of advances in biology and medicine;
  • ICT Law”, addressing the legal risks and opportunities in ICT, and
  • Legal Informatics”, an area of informatics taking into account legal issues, including all techniques applied to legal domain.

Mobility is required to ensure that all students follow courses in an integrated way and can benefit form the specific expertise available at partner universities. Universities from four European countries, that are centres of excellence and innovation in their respective fields of law and computer science, formed a consortium, namely:

  • University of Bologna, ALMA MATER STUDIORUM, CIRSFID, Italy (Coordinating institution)
  • University of Torino, Department of Computer Science and and Law Faculty, Italy
  • Autonomous University of Barcelona, Institute for Law and Technology, Spain
  • Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius, Department of e-Business, Lithuania
  • University of Luxembourg, Department of Computer Science and Communications, Luxembourg
  • University of Tilburg, TILT Center

Read more about mobility plan HERE and see the Frequently Asked Questions page HERE for more details.


  •  a 2nd Level Master Degree (120 ECTS after 180 ECTS of bachelor) or a Single Cycle Degree (minimal 300 ECTS), or a comparable university degree (Second Cycle qualification)
  • a recognized international English test Certificate obtained in the last two years before the deadline indicated in the “call for application”. For those who studied in countries where the English is the official language, is required an official letter stating that your university studies were undertaken in English.

 Two categories of doctorate candidates are considered:

Category A – Doctoral candidates who come from a country other than “a Member State of the European Union, an EEA-EFTA State (i.e. Iceland, Norway and Lichtenstein), and who are not residents nor have carried out their main activity (studies, work, etc.) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in one of these countries. The only exception to this rule applies to Third-Country doctoral candidates who have previously received an Erasmus Mundus Masters scholarship in order to follow an EMMC; In case for this exception, the candidates shall produce the documentations regarding this EMM scholarship in the application.

Category B – Any doctoral candidate who do not fulfil the Category A criteria defined above.


The PhD Candidate will receive a grant to cover the participation costs – 300€/month, living allowance 2,800€/month gross, travel and installation allowance – 7,500€ (category A); 3,000€ (category B – if there is mobility foreseen to third-country full/associated partners).

While the grant for installation, travel and living allowance will be transferred to a candidate’s European bank account, the participation costs will be paid by the European Commission directly to the Consortium. This means that € 10.800 (€ 300 x 36 months) will not be transferred to the candidate’s bank account but will instead be used to cover the monthly participation costs (e.g. enrolment cost, training cost, diploma cost, general service costs, linguistic courses costs, etc.).

The grant will cover 36 months. Read more about the scholarships HERE.


The application deadline is 21 January 2014 at 23:59pm CET. Please follow the steps below to apply:

  1. Read the Call for Applications HERE and the Application Form HERE carefully.
  2. Register yourself in the web system at the page HERE.
  3. Fill in the Application Form.
  4. Prepare all the required documentation in PDF format and package it in an unique zip file.
  5. Submit the zip file using the registration identification ID using the page HERE.
  6. You will receive an email of acknowledgement.

Submit any questions to Prof. Monica Palmirani at [email protected]

For more information please visit the official website HERE.

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