CBS LAW invites applications for a PhD position in climate law and economics

Copenhagen Business School, CBS LAW invites applications for a PhD position in climate law and economics.

Core research areas at CBS LAW:

  • Business Law from a societal and commercial perspective
  • Business law and economics; law & management/entrepreneurship

It is the ambition of the Department to provide high quality legal research relevant for the Danish society and business community. CBS LAW has a strong profile in business law, EU law, law & economics and law & management
Teaching responsibilities of the Department comprise undergraduate and graduate teaching in the programs which are in our primary focus (cand.merc.(jur) and cand.merc.(aud)).

The PhD project covers research in:
Climate law & economics
  • Legally binding reduction targets, emission budgets,
  • Review systems and independent institutions to support decision making

The understanding of the impacts of climate change and the modes for countering it and dealing with it are among the most relevant challenges for Copenhagen Business School as a key provider of understanding of how businesses, the public sector and the society interact in the 21st century.
Climate law deals with regional and global issues such as legally binding reduction targets, emission budgets, review systems and independent institutions to support decision making. As such, it is a discipline providing knowledge both of climate legislation, the policymaking process, the institutions in charge of the enforcement and oversight as well as the impact on businesses and the society. A number of issues, including market creation, implementation of international commitments, property rights in carbon and emissions, energy, transport, etc. have direct relevance for Danish society and Danish businesses.

The knowledge of economic side of the problem is necessary both because efficiency is a key parameter in moving resources to their highest valued use and because economic actors respond to incentives. Market-based policy instruments and economic theory that informs climate laws play a key role in creating climate regulation but require the knowledge of economics.

CBS LAW is internationally recognised for the excellence in law scholarship and for an interdisciplinary, proactive and dynamic research perspective within law in Northern Europe. CBS LAW concentrates on providing unique research relevant for the Danish business community, public sector, and society in general and engages in research firmly grounded in business and societal problems. Our perspective is both Nordic, EU and global and is based not only on traditional law disciplines but also on a unique interface between law, management, entrepreneurship, economics and policymaking.

Further info about CBS LAW: Information about the department may be found at

The three-year PhD programme at CBS allows you to conduct research under the supervision of CBS professors, supported by research training courses. The programme is highly international, and you are expected to participate in international research conferences and to spend time abroad as a visiting PhD student. See the CBS homepage for more information about the PhD programme, .

It is also required that the applicant shows an interest in joining the Department’s research environment, see

CBS PhD graduates are held in high esteem not only in academia and research institutions but also in government and business where their research qualifications are increasingly demanded. One third of CBS PhD graduates go on to employment outside universities and public research institutions.
Copenhagen Business School has a broad commitment to the excellence, distinctiveness and relevance of its teaching and research programmes. Candidates who wish to join us should demonstrate enthusiasm for working in an organisation of this type (highlighting, for example, relevant business, educational and dissemination activities).

For further information please contact: Andrej Savin, Director of CBS LAW tel.: +45 3815 2673, e-mail

Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Ministry of Finance’s agreement with the Central Academic Organisation.

General information:
A PhD scholarship runs for a period of 3 years, and includes teaching obligations equivalent of ½ year’s work (840 work hours). The scholarships are fully salaried positions, according to the national Danish collective agreement. The scholarship includes the tuition fees, office space, travel grants plus a salary, currently starting with per month app. DKK 27.363 up to DKK 33.045 depending on seniority, plus a pension contribution totalling 17,1 %.
The salary level and appointment is determined by the Ministry of Finance’s collective agreement with the Central Academic Organisation.
The PhD student will be enrolled at CBS PhD School.

Applications are invited from candidates with a suitable legal background wishing to pursue research in climate law and economics. The project can be framed from the perspective of different legal disciplines. The Department will give priority to applicants with high grades from their universities. the candidate should have a basic training at the Masters level (similar to the 3 + 2 Bologna process). The applicant must have successfully completed the Masters degree before commencing PhD at CBS. The applicants must be fluent in English.

The application (see link below) must include a 5 page project description. This research proposal should contain a presentation of an original research question, a description of the initial theoretical framework and methodology, a presentation of the suggested empirical material as well as a work-plan.
In addition to the research proposal, the application must include copies of a Master’s degree certificate or other certificates of a corresponding level along with a grade transcript, brief curriculum vitae (CV), a list of papers and publications, and one copy of a selected written work (e.g. Master’s thesis).

Recruitment procedure
The Recruitment Committee expects to shortlist at least two-five applicants to be assessed by the Assessment Committee. All applicants will be notified of their status in the recruitment process shortly after the application deadline.

Applicants selected for assessment will be notified about the composition of the Assessment Committee and later in the process about the result of the assessment.

Once the recruitment process is completed each applicant will be notified of the outcome of their application.

Please find guidelines and further information on scholarships and the Doctoral Programme at

Application must be sent via the electronic recruitment system, using the link below.

Copenhagen Business School must receive all application material, including all appendices (see items above), by the application deadline.

Details about Copenhagen Business School and the department are available at

Application due: 7/31/2020


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