PhD Program “Law & Social Change: The Challenges of Transnational Regulation”

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The PhD program in “Law and Social Change” considers applications from candidates that are willing to undertake a high-level research on any topic related to the several challenges that the law faces in the contemporary world – preferably, but not exclusively, with a view to the transnational dimension of such challenges and of the legal strategies that are necessary to face them. The PhD program encourages ground-breaking research that places the legal culture, and the various processes of law-making and law application, at the crossroads between the municipal and the transnational dimensions of law – as well as between the public and the private, the substantive and the procedural, and the formal and the informal dimensions of law.

There is in principle no restriction as to the disciplinary fields or methodological approaches for the proposed doctoral research – in fact, the PhD course in “Law and Social Change” aims at establishing a diverse, multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research environment.

The following is a tentative, non-exhaustive list of research areas that are suitable to be developed in the context of the PhD course in “Law and Social Change”:

  • Transnational legal theory and interlegality
  • Legal pluralism and fundamental rights
  • European constitutional pluralism
  • Artificial Intelligence and Fundamental Rights
  • Transnational judicial dialogue and the use of comparative and foreign law in courts
  • Global constitutionalism, the internationalization of constitutional law, the constitutionalization of international law
  • Transnational law and comparative legal history
  • Legal transplants and legal irritants
  • Local revolutions and Global Legal Change: Historical and Theoretical Perspectives
  • Transnational Digital Platforms: Public and Private Law Issues
  • Transnational IP law
  • Global administrative law
  • Reducing the Impact of Climate Change: International and European Regulatory Strategies
  • Transnational Environmental Law
  • International and European protection of social rights in a time of global crises
  • Global Health Law and the Post-Pandemic
  • Human rights, migrations, multiculturalism
  • Digital transformation: regulatory issues
  • Economic Crises and Global Regulation
  • Transnational data sharing for scientific purposes
  • Algorithmic decision-making and the law
  • Corporate Prosecution and Compliance Programs: transnational perspectives
  • Corporate social responsibility and human rights
  • On-line dispute resolution in cross-border litigation
  • Representative actions and collective interests
  • Global crises and contractual governance
  • Artificial intelligence and criminal law
  • Criminal law and transnational crime

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Michele Sancioni 08 November 2023