to the Albrecht Mendelssohn Bartholdy Graduate School of Law at the University of Hamburg. It is our aim to provide excellent learning opportunities for PhD candidates and post-docs by offering a research-informed curriculum, including introductory courses in core compulsory subjects and covering all fields of legal science. Our school advocates a well-founded interdisciplinary education according to international standards. The Graduate School is part of the University of Hamburg’s Faculty of Law.
Structured PhD Research Programme with Scholarships
The degree programme at the Graduate School of Law is optimal for graduates of both legal science and other disciplines who are keen to produce ambitious doctoral work in an excellent and interdisciplinary research environment. Doctoral candidates from all over the world ensure the continued challenge of intellectual diversity and contribute to the programme’s international orientation. We integrate our post- docs well in teaching and research. By offering education and training in cooperation with other university departments and faculties, we promote vocational and academic development, thus preparing them for future careers. The Albrecht Mendelssohn Bartholdy Graduate School of Law is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education and employment. Our programme has been designed to accommodate the integration of family and working life.
The faculty has two research areas as the cornerstones of its degree programme. These are research area 1: “Market economy and governance at international and national levels – legal regulation under the conditions of economization and globalisation” and research area 2: “Legal limits – limits of law: Social and technical change as a legal challenge”. These two research areas display similarities. Basic legal assumptions, role models, forms and instruments are influenced by social systems as these alter or break up. Legal science faces the challenge of adapting to such changes and must be flexible enough to contribute suitable legal models to altered circumstances. However, the degree programme is not limited to these cornerstones. The Albrecht Mendelssohn Bartholdy Graduate School of Law welcomes research topics from all areas of legal science, including its sub-disciplines.
Methodological Foundations – Interdisciplinarity
Theses may reflect their theoretical or methodological foundations, or those of other fields of research. The Graduate School particularly welcomes interdisciplinary topics. Should an emphasis be placed on either legal doctrine or method, the thesis must also deal with the re lationship between the two. The choice of topic and the content orientation will have a bearing on justification for specific scholarships.