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Doctoral school of law

The doctoral school of law offers a quality research environment, assuring the best conditions for an advanced training of doctoral candidates in law at the University of Luxembourg. Through its research and training programmes, the University fosters an open-minded approach to legal analysis, going beyond the boundaries of national jurisdictions, to promote comparative cross-disciplinary research, within a multilingual environment (English, French and German) and an international academic team.

The themes of the Doctoral School address all levels of analysis, including Luxembourg, European, comparative and international law. The School encourages students to evaluate legal epistemology, the theory of law and philosophy of law and is committed to supporting an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspective. It develops leading research in economic and financial law, based on a comprehensive transnational approach.

In accordance with its commitment to an open-minded European and international perspective, the school organises opportunities for scientific cooperation and exchanges with universities worldwide. This facilitates student mobility in terms of international research placements. At the same time, the school welcomes young researchers, students from abroad, and the co-supervision of doctoral theses.
The doctoral school of law is also developing a partnership with the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law, to offer additional opportunities for doctoral training and academic cooperation.


The doctoral school offers both theoretical and practical training, providing a useful background for writing a thesis and adopting a broad scientific culture. The training aims to equip PhD students with the necessary epistemological and methodological tools for pursuing a rigorous research project and introduce them to a cross-disciplinary and multidisciplinary culture.

The doctoral school of law aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • To support and enhance the legal education of doctoral students, 
  • To advance and build upon current research methodology,
  • To cultivate an academic culture and an open-minded mentality among PhD students in the framework of a cross-disciplinary and multidisciplinary approach,
  • To promote immersion in different legal cultures worldwide.


The doctoral student must submit his thesis no later than 4 years after his admission to the doctoral program. 

The thesis defense must take place no earlier than 3 years and no later than 4 years and 4 months after admission.