Lund University, Sociology of Law Department

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 400 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Faculty of Social Sciences at Lund University is one of the leading education and research institutions in Sweden and operates both in Lund and Helsingborg.

Sociology of law is a social sciences discipline focusing on the relationship between law and society. The topics studied include the societal foundations and consequences of the legal system, but informal norms are also addressed. The discipline emphasises the importance of extra-legal factors for legal decisions and conflict resolution. Sociology of law was established as an independent academic subject in Sweden in 1972 with the inauguration of the first professor in the subject at Lund University. Today, the subject is based on the tension between the formal legislation of the government and the informal emergence of norms in civil society, among other contexts. The research conducted includes fields such as gender and discrimination, cyberspace, education, welfare, legal culture and legal decision-making.

The department offers courses in sociology of law at all levels of higher education, including the doctoral level. The subject is also included in the Bachelor’s programme in criminology and in the autumn semester 2016 a new international Master’s programme in the subject was launched. The Sociology of Law Department is keen to engage in cross-disciplinary collaboration and has good contacts with professionals and public authorities. It has been ranked highly in quality assessments and has a high proportion of external funding. Importance is attached to international contacts and a great number of the junior researchers have international links today.

Work duties
The PhD programme consists of 240 credits (equivalent to four years of full-time study) and ends with the public defence of the doctoral thesis.  PhD students are expected to work on their thesis project and actively participate in the department’s research environment. In addition to devoting themselves to their research, those appointed to doctoral studentships may be required to undertake other tasks such as teaching, research and administration, in accordance with specific regulations in the ordinance. These tasks will not exceed 20% of their working hours. Regulations concerning the appointment of full time postgraduate students can be found in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, 1-7 §§.

Students with basic eligibility for third-cycle studies are those who- have completed a second-cycle degree- have completed courses of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits are from second-cycle courses, or- have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in some other way, in Sweden or abroad.

Criteria for Assessment
The employment of doctoral students is regulated in the Swedish Code of Statues 1998: 80. Only those who are, or have been, admitted to PhD studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. The primary criteria for making an appointment to a doctoral studentship is the ability of the student to benefit from PhD studies and successfully complete the program.

The applicants’ research proposal, previous dissertations and published papers in sociology of law or related social science disciplines such as sociology, political science, criminology, or social work play an important role in assessing their suitability. Moreover, applicants must have a very good ability to express themselves in speech and writing.

Basis of Assessment
In order to judge this capacity applicants are required to submit:
- a CV,
- a research plan (max 2000 words),
- statement of research interests,
- BA-, and Master´s dissertations and
- other relevant publications.

Short listed candidates will be called to an interview.

Type of employment
Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7§.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
First day of employment 2017-09-01 eller enligt överenskommelse
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2017/1183
  • Matthias Baier, Head of Department , +46 46 222 7333,
  • Reza Banakar, Professor and Director of research , + 46 46 222 87 53,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62,
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64,
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66,
Published 05.May.2017
Last application date 11.Jun.2017 11:59 PM CET

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