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The theory and practice of the proportionality test in human rights law

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Proportionality has become the global currency in human rights law. Yet, most of the discourse on the use of the proportionality test is devoted to technical legal formulae. In turn, surprisingly little is being said about proportionality’s moral appeal and even less about how it should be applied by officials other than judges. This PhD project will combine doctrinal and philosophical or sociological research to explore the theoretical and practical challenges to a fuller integration of the proportionality test into our system of public law.

The School of Law at the University of Reading boasts a thriving research community made up of established academic scholars, emerging young researchers and PhD students. It provides excellent guidance and support for PhD students, along with exciting career and personal development opportunities offered through the Graduate School. All PhD students undertake the Reading Researcher Development Programme and the School of Law offers a tailor-made research methods module for its PhD students.

Funding Notes

The successful applicant would be expected to hold a Masters degree (or equivalent) in a socio-legal discipline at least at Merit level.

Students need to be self-funded, although the University does offer some regional bursaries.
More information can be found here: View Website.

Support is available for the candidate to apply for UKRC funding: View Website.

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