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PhD Training School under COST Action 1003 - International Law between Pluralismand Constitutionalism


CEDU joined the ongoing COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) actions (COST Action 1003 - International Law between Constitutionalism and Fragmentation: the role of law in the post-national constellation). Within the scope of the said program of cooperation and integration between European researchers, Prof. Alessandra Silveira has been nominated National Delegate at the Management Committee, and Prof. Mariana Canotilho as working group's representative. Prof. Wouter Werner, VU University, Amsterdam, is the head of the said a COST Action.

28th to 30th May 2012: CEDU promoted a PhD Training School in Braga, under the COST Action 1003. In order to see who were the seniors and the participants, and whcih subjects were discussed, access here the programme of the activity: PhDTrainingSchool_programme.pdf 

Call for Applications
PhD Training School on
International Law Between Pluralism and Constitutionalism

Minho University Law School (Portugal) PhD Training School
28-30 June 2012

The PhD School takes place in the context of COST Action 1003, "International Law Between Fragmentation and Constitutionalization".  For more information about the Action, including information about the previous PhD School and possibilities for funding, see: http://www.il-cf.eu/

How should we understand the role of law in a post-national constellation? Contemporary legal arrangements increasingly challenge the traditional foundations of international law, such as the pivotal role of state consent, the divide between international and domestic spheres, the boundaries between public and private or the range of interests protected by transnational law. However, while there is wide agreement that international law is no longer solely concerned with relations between sovereign states, there is much less agreement about possible alternative conceptual schemes that could make sense of the foundational changes in the transnational order. In recent decades, at least two competing approaches have been put forward, namely constitutionalism and pluralism. Whereas constitutionalism emphasizes unity, hierarchy and the need to control politics through legal mechanisms,  pluralism questions the possibility and desirability of an overarching legal order and seeks alternative ways of dealing with possible normative conflicts.  This PhD school studies the pros and cons of both approaches to international law and politics. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
- Citizenship in the postnational constellation
- The role of domestic and transnational courts and tribunals
- The politics of international law
- Theoretical reflections on postnational constitutionalism and pluralism

Venue and format
The PhD school consists of a three-day doctoral training school shall be held at School of Law of the University of Minho (Portugal), 28-30 June 2012. 

On the first day, senior experts in the field of international constitutionalism from international law and international relations presented and discussed their work with the PhD candidates. The second and third day were devoted to the research of the PhD candidates themselves. PhD candidates presented their work, and received detailed feedback from senior scholars and fellow PhD students.

Financial support
Participants applied for financial support to attend the PhD training school. COST Action 1003 can provide financial support for a limited number of participants up to 500 Euro per participant. Please note that only participants coming from countries that are party to COST Action 1003 can apply for funding. Currently the following countries participate in the Action: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Hungary, Ireland, Sweden and the European University Institute in Florence. Serbia, Romania, South Africa and Australia are currently applying for partnership.

We welcome submissions from PhD candidates working in areas related to the main topic who are interested in debating their research with fellow PhD students and with senior researchers. 

Submissions will be accepted until April 15th, 2012.
Link for http://www.il-cf.eu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=28&Itemid=30
Submissions should specify:
- The basic outline of the PhD project (max. 500 words)
- How the PhD projects fits in COST Action 1003 as well as in the general topic of the PhD training school (max. 500 words)
- Whether financial assistance is required. Please specify the amount requested.

Applications will be prioritized according to their relevance and proximity to the topic of the training school and the research agenda of the Action.

If your application is accepted, we would ask you to submit a research outline of max. 2500 words that forms the basis for our discussions during the PhD school.

For any queries or to submit complete applications, please contact one of the following two coordinators:
Mariana Canotilho (macanot@fd.uc.pt)
Joana Abreu (cedu@direito.uminho.pt)

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