Institute for Law

PhD Position in European Law

Institute for International and Comparative Constitutional Law

Your responsibilities

The Chair for Public Law with a focus on International and Comparative Law at the University of Zurich offers one PhD position (3 years; 0.8 FTE) in European Law.
We are looking for an outstanding PhD researcher who is interested to analyse the legal framework of the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI), with a particular focus on the admissibility test. The researcher should have a strong background in European Law.
The selected candidate will contribute to the execution of the research project "Popular Sovereignty vs. the Rule of Law? Defining the Limits of Direct Democracy" (LIDD). The project is funded by the European Research Council Consolidator Grant (ERC-2017-CoG 772160) and is led by Prof. Daniel Moeckli. LIDD aims to assess where the legal limits of direct democracy should be drawn and how compliance with these limits should be reviewed. More information is available on the project website:
In particular, the successful candidate is expected to:
• perform research leading to a doctoral dissertation in the area of European Law
• assist in implementing the LIDD research project in terms of collection of data and conducting of interviews with experts and policy-makers
• contribute to the dissemination of research results, including by presenting results at international workshops and conferences
• assist in the organisation of workshops on the research topic
• assist in the administration of the project

Your profile

Applicants must have:
• a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in law
• a strong background in European Law and (comparative) constitutional law
• an excellent command of English, both written and spoken
• strong analytical skills
• good organisational skills
• a genuine interest in direct-democratic mechanisms

What we offer

The University of Zurich offers excellent terms of employment. The starting gross annual salary is ca. EUR 74'000 pro rata (that is, ca. EUR 59'000 for an 80% appointment). Funding for research stays abroad and the attendance of conferences is available. We offer you an inspiring working environment within a motivated team and flexible working hours.

Place of work

Rämistrasse 74/50, 8001 Zürich

Start of employment

The appointment will be for 3 years, the starting date is 1 October or 1 November 2020.
Applications must be submitted by 30 June 2020.

Further information

Additional information about the University of Zurich can be found at For inquiries about the advertised position please contact us at
Applications must include the following documents:
• a motivation letter
• a CV
• certificates
• contact details of two referees
• a sample of your written work in English (for example a student paper, a Master thesis or a short publication)
Please send your application electronically to the following address: