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PhD Vacancy on theories of legal argumentations - deadline 31 July 2020 at 12h CET

LSTS is looking for a motivated researcher who will focus on the application of  Artificial Intelligence in private law.

As part of his or her duties, the candidate, will be working on different research projects co-funded by the European Union and concerning the private international law, the use of technology and artificial intelligence and their implementation at both national and international levels.

In particular, the researcher is expected to:

  • gather data through questionnaires and interviews;

  • compare EU Regulations and their applications, by the analysis of regional system and contribute to the development of guidelines;

  • research and discuss other aspects related to Artificial Intelligence, in particular Online Dispute Resolution, and EU Private International Law

  • research and discuss other aspect related to and Artificial Intelligence, EU Private International Law and EU Civil Procedural Law.

  • provide legal advice to project partners

While working on the project, the researcher is expected to develop a proposal for a doctoral thesis (PhD). In addition, the researcher will have the opportunity to take an active role in LSTS contributing to its research agenda, attending and presenting in seminars, assisting in organizing conferences and workshops, and helping the Centre in competing in national and European funding opportunities.


The candidate will be selected on the basis of the quality of the application, expertise, work experience and qualifications. The following application documents are to be consolidated into a single PDF file sent by email to

Applications (in English) should include the following:

  • a curriculum vitae;

  • a cover letter which explains the motivation and qualifications of the candidate;

  • two recent works: essay or excerpt from recent research or article written by the candidate;

  • a letter of recommendation.

Deadline for the submission of applications is 31 July 2020, 12:00 CET. It is currently envisioned that the successful candidate will be notified by the end of August 2020 and the position will start on 1 October 2020 (the start date is subject to change).

If you are interested in learning more about VUB-LSTS, please visit the LSTS website

For the full text of the vacancy, please see pdf fileVacancy PhD AI&IPL 2020.pdf (221 KB)