Call for Applications: PhD Program in Law jointly offered by the Law Program of ADA University and the School of Law of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

Call for Applications: PhD Program in Law jointly offered by the Law Program of ADA University and the School of Law of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany


Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the deadlines for submission of applications to PhD in Law program has been extended to July 6, 2020.

Call for Applications

PhD Program in Law at the School of Law of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), Germany, co-organized together with the Law Program of ADA University, Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan.

Deadline: 06.07.2020, 12 a.m.




The PhD Program in Law, established jointly by MLU and ADA University, is aimed at increasing research and faculty capacities of the ADA University’s Law Program, founded in 2018. For this end, the program envisages selecting six PhD students among exceptional lawyers from Azerbaijan, who have considerable potential to become leading legal scholars after completing PhD Program at MLU. The program will be implemented within the “State Program on Increasing the International Competitiveness of the Higher Education System in the Republic of Azerbaijan for 2019-2023” and supported by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

In addition to writing an outstanding doctoral thesis to be defended at MLU, PhD students, upon selection of the area of law, will have extensive opportunities to learn particularities of German Civil Law, Public Law or Criminal Law. All students shall enjoy supervision offered by professors of MLU Law School. Professors from ADA University Law Program will also offer complementary academic support.

The MLU and ADA University has established academic cooperation since 2018 with the aim of collaborating for successful research, student exchange and faculty training programs. While MLU Law School with its long-term global partnership experiences, including Universities from the Central and the Eastern Europe, is ranked in top five of German Law Schools in the CHE-Ranking, ADA University Law Program, enjoying its rich institutional capacities and young faculties, is aspiring to become the leading academic destination for law in the near future.



The duration of the PhD Program in Law is 4,5 years. Over the course of the Program, PhD students are required to pass an intensive German language course and to follow various courses both in law and research methodology, offered at MLU. Particularly, PhD students are required to pass a course in one of the main areas of German Law (Civil Law, Public Law, or Criminal Law), before proceeding to research component of the degree. Advanced PhD students will be given opportunities to get involved in various academic and other activities at the Law Program of ADA University.  



The program welcomes research topics from any field of law. By the rules of the program, selected PhD students may also change research topics in consultation with academic supervisors and the program coordinator. The language of the PhD thesis shall be either in English or German. For successful completion of the doctoral thesis, each student is required to develop an individual work plan in consultation with an academic supervisor and the program coordinator.



  • Master Degree in Law (in exceptional cases, applications from the graduates of the Bachelor of Law program, who possess some research experience or considerable legal practice may also be considered)
  • Language Skills: English (IELTS 6,5) or German (B2 level)
  • Research and Writing Skills: the candidates should demonstrate considerable research and writing skills
  • To be a Citizen of the Republic of Azerbaijan
  • Exemption from the Military Service, or where applicable, suspension from service for the period of study



  • Doctoral Degree in Law from MLU upon successful completion of the program
  • Full financial coverage during the program
  • Full access to the infrastructure of two renowned Law Schools
  • Supervision by two experienced professionals
  • Individual research strategy (plan) for each PhD student, adapted to research interests
  • Language and research courses at MLU
  • Opportunities for various academic and other activities



  • All applications together with required documents shall be submitted in English by e-mail @ not later than 12 AM (midnight), July 6, 2020. Please entitle your email with the following statement: Application for Ph.D. Program in Law.
  • Application package shall include:
    • Motivation Letter – not more than 500 words, stating your qualifications and reasons for applying this program
    • Detailed CV
    • Research Paper (e.g. Bachelor or Master thesis, or any research paper that may demonstrate your research and writing skills)
    • Diplomas and Certificates of all completed studies as well as academic transcripts
    • Research Proposal – not more than 2,500 words (including bibliography), outlining hypothesis, research question, and initial outcomes of your research.
    • Language certificate(s) – if available


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