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University of Gothenburg

Doctoral Studies

The Department of Law offers postgraduate studies leading to Doctor of Laws Degree or Licenciate of Laws Degree in seven subjects: legal science, public law, private law, criminal law, international law, law of procedure and tax law.

Postgraduate studies in Law

The Doctor of Laws programme corresponds to four years of full-time studies totalling 240 higher education credits/ECTS credits.
The programme consists of:

  • writing and defending a doctoral thesis, 177 higher education credits/ECTS credits
  • compulsory courses at third cycle, 33 higher education credits/ECTS credits
  • elective courses at third-cycle, 30 higher education credits/ECTS credits

The Licentiate of Laws programme corresponds to two years of full-time studies totalling 120 higher education credits/ECTS credits.
The programme consists of:

  • writing and defending a licentiate thesis,  87 higher education credits/ECTS credits
  • compulsory courses at third cycle, 13 higher education credits/ECTS credits
  • elective courses at third cycle, 20 higher education credits/ECTS credits

The Department of Law participates in the Nordic network Nordic Network for Legal Research Education. Courses, conferences and seminars of interest to doctoral students are announced on the network's Nordic Network for Legal Research Education.


Application for admission as a doctoral student at the Department of Law

Every two years, the Department of Law publishes a call for applications for admission to its Doctor of Laws programme.

The call is published in December with deadline for applicaton in February and start of studies in August.

The call is published at the University of Gothenburg's home page, Job opportunities. Next call is expected in December 2021.

The application should be submitted electronically through the university's job application portal and it should contain:

  • Curriculum Vitae, maximum one page,
  • Application for admission tp doctoral studies - please, use the form below(Application form)
  • Project outline, maximum eight pages excl. Reference list,
  • Certified copies of LL.B. and two-year-LL.M. degrees including Diploma supplement and transcript of records providing information about the programme's length, content, passed courses and grades. The applicants must also provide documentation that shows that they have written a Master's thesis of min. of 15 ECTS.
    NB All degrees and diploma supplements must be certified and translated by an authorised translator into Swedish or English.
  • Proof of sufficient knowledge of English or Swedish

Project outline

The project outline shall set out the questions, theories, methods and sources of relevance for the project.

The project outline should contain the following headings:

  • Aim and background incl. literature review
  • Research problem/ research question
  • Method
  • Procedure
  • Expected results
  • Novelty and relevancy of the project
  • Reference list, please use Oxford or Harvard referencing format for in-text citations and the reference list

 Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.


In order to be eligible for third-cycle studies, the applicant must meet both the general and specific entry requirements (the Higher Education Ordinance 7:35). Further, there is a requirement that the applicant is deemed to have the overall ability to assimilate the education.

General eligibility
A student is deemed to meet the general eligibility requirements for third-cycle studies if he or she has graduated at second-cycle level, completed course requirements of at least 240 higher educatiom credits, at least 60 of which must be at second-cycle level, or has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

Specific eligibility for Doctor of Laws and Licenciate of Laws programmes
An applicant meets the specific eligibility requirements if he or she has been awarded a Degree of Bachelor of Laws and a Degree of Master of Laws (2 years), corresponding to 270 higher education credits credits/ECTS credits in total including a Master thesis of minimum 15 ECTS (Sw. Juristexamen) or the equivalent at a Swedish higher education institution or abroad.

When assessing whether the equivalent qualification is sufficient, particular consideration shall be given to the requirements to successfully carry out the postgraduate studies within the specific subject area. Applicants shall have sufficient knowledge of Swedish or English.

Doctoral theses

Kern, J. (2021). Wreck Law - A Systematisation of Legal Interests and Conflicts. Full text in English

Emblad, P. (2020). Det civilrättsliga i svensk inkomstskatterätt. [Substance and Function –Theories on private law within Swedish income taxation]. Abstract in English

Bailey, S. (2020). The Common Good in Common Goods - The Decommodification of Fundamental Resources through Law. Full text in English

Lidman, E. (2020). Controlling shareholders and takeover regulation: Equal treatment in takeover bids and the effects on corporate governance. Abstract in English

Ryffé, D. (2019). Mission impossible: Legal direction and collisions of norms regarding the compensatory duty in education. Abstract in English

Lenk, H. (2019). The EU investment court system. A viable reform initiative?. Full text in English

Johansen, T. (2019). Administration as activity: Contributions to the general theory of public law. Abstract in English

Argüello, G. (2018). Environmentally Sound Management – Its status and role in the sea-land interface regulation of wastes. Full text in English

Wejedal, S. (2017). The right to counsel – On the allocation of counsel fees before Swedish courts. Abstract in English

Almestrand Linné, P. (2017). Regulating Vessel-Source Air Pollution - Standard-Setting in the Regulation of SOx Emissions. Full text in English

Käll, J. (2017). Converging Human and Digital Bodies. Posthumanism, Property, Law. Full text in English

Björling, E. (2017). Legal application without words: A theoretical and narratological study on argumentation and legal application within civil procedure. Abstract in English

Warberg, A. (2017). Insolvency crossing borders: A study of international jurisdiction regarding insolvency proceedings within the EU. Abstract in English

Nästegård, E. (2016). The Liability of Credit Rating Agencies to Investors - A Swedish Perspective. Abstract in English

Hult, D. (2015). Lagstiftnings ändamålsenlighet – En regleringsteoretisk utvärdering av fjärrvärmelagens potential att skapa förtroende. Abstract in English

Wallerman, A. (2015). Om fakultativa regler - En studie av svensk och unionsrättslig reglering av skönsmässigt beslutsfattande i processrättsliga frågor [On discretionary rules in civil procedure – A study of Swedish and EU regulation of the exercise of discretion in procedural matters]. Uppsala: Iustus Förlag. Abstract in English

Bruncevic, M. (2014). Fixing the Shadows, Access to art and the legal concept of Cultural Commons. Full text in English

Svedberg, W. (2013). Ett (o)jämställt transportsystem i gränslandet mellan politik och rätt - En genusrättsvetenskaplig studie av rättslig styrning för jämställdhet inom vissa samhällsområden. [A Gender (Un)Equal Transport System in the borderland between Policy and Law – A Gender Legal Study of legal governance for Gender Equality in certain areas of society]. Abstract in English

Andersson, P. (2013). Vidta alla åtgärder som behövs – en rättvetenskaplig studie av arbetsgivarens ansvar att förebygga stressrelaterad ohälsa och uppnå en god psykosocial arbetsmiljö. [Take all precautions necessary - A legal study of the employer’s responsibility to prevent stress related illhealth and to achieve a sound psychosocial work environmentAbstract in English

Härkönen, E. (2013). Aktiemarknadsbolagets informationsgivning - särskilt om amerikansk och svensk reglering av selektiv information på sekundärmarknaden för värdepapper. [Disclosures by publicly listed corporations ­‐ with particular reference to American and Swedish regulation of selective disclosures on the secondary market for securities] Stockholm: Jure Förlag AB. Abstract in English

Bäckman, T. (2013). Gynnande besluts negativa rättskraft och rättssäkerhet - för människor med funktionsnedsättning inom rättsområdena SoL och LSS. [Principle of legitimate expectations and legal certainty – for disabled persons
within the legal areas SoL and LSS
]. Stockholm: Jure Förlag AB. Abstract in English

Kleist, D. (2012). Methods for Elimination of Double Taxation under Double Tax Treaties – with Particular Reference to the Application of Double Tax Treaties in Sweden. Uppsala: Iustus Förlag AB. Abstract in English

Siegl, S. (2011). Fondförvaltaransvaret - särskilt om etisk fondförvaltning. [Liability for mutual fund managers – especially about ethical mutual fund management]. Abstract in English

Åhman, J. (2011). Trade Liberalisation, Health Protection, and the Burden of Proof in WTO Law. Abstract in English

Andreasson, J. (2010). Intellektuella resurser som kreditsäkerhet. En förmögenhetsrättslig undersökning. [Intellectual resources as credit security]. Abstract in English

Dimitrievski, N. (2010). Allmännytta som norm i svensk skatterätt. Om inkomstskattefrihet för ideella föreningar. [Public benefit as a norm in Swedish tax law. Income tax exemption for non-for-profit associations]. Abstract in English

Johansson, K. (2010). Substance over form - en redovisningsrättslig studie. [Substance over form - in accounting law]. Abstract in English

Olsen-Lundh, C. (2010). Att ransonera utsläppsutrymme. En miljörättslig studie om utsläppshandel enligt Kyotoprotokollet och EU ETS. [Rationing the available space for emissions - An environmental legal study on emissions trading under the Kyoto Protocol and EU ETS]. Abstract in English

Pamp, C. (2010). Intellectual property in science. Abstract in English

Moberg, A. (2009). Villkorsklausuler - om avtalsklausuler som utrikespolitiskt instrument. [Conditionality clauses – on the use of contractual clauses as instruments of foreign policy]. Uppsala: Iustus förlag. Abstract in English

Schollin, K. (2008). Digital Rights Management - the New Copyright. Stockholm: Jure. Abstract in English

Odlöw, T. (2005). Ställföreträdare för vuxna : kamrer eller handledare?. [Gardian of incapable adults - accountant or supervisor?] Stockholm: Jure förlag. Abstract in English

Stendahl, S. (2004). Communicating justice providing legitimacy : the legal practices of Swedish administrative courts in cases regarding sickness cash benefit. Uppsala: Iustus. Full text in English

Kouvo, S. (2004). Making just rights? Mainstreaming Women?s Human Rights and a Gender Perspective. Uppsala: Iustus. Abstract in English

Nowak, K. (2003). Oskyldighetspresumtionen. Norstedts juridik. Abstract in English

Erhag, T. (2002). Fri rörlighet och finansiering av social trygghet : en rättslig studie av EG-rättens inverkan på medlemsstaternas uttag av avgifter för finansiering av social trygghet. [Freedom of movement and social financing - a legal study of the impact of Ciommunity law on the member states' level of socialsecurity]. Stockholm: Santérus. Abstract in English

Gustafsson, H. (2002). Rättens polyvalens. En rättsvetenskaplig studie av sociala rättigheter och rättssäkerhet. Abstract in English

Martinson, C. (2002). Kreditsäkerhet i fakturafordringar - en förmögenhetsrättslig studie. Göteborg: Iustus. Abstract in English

Fransson, S. (2001). Lönediskriminering. En arbetsrättslig studie av könsdiskriminerande löneskillnader och konflikten mellan kollektivavtal och lag. Abstract in English

Olsson, S. (2001). Punktskatter - rättslig reglering i svenskt och europeiskt perspektiv. [Excise taxes - legal regulations in a Swedish and European perspectiv]. Uppsala: Iustus. Abstract in English

Johansson, S. O. (2001). Stoppningsrätt under godstransport. [Stoppage in transit]. Stockholm: Norstedt. Abstract in English

Glavå, M. (2000). Arbetsbrist och kravet på saklig grund. En alternativrealistisk arbetsrättslig studie. Stockholm: Norstedts Juridik AB. link

Petrusson, U. (1999). Patent och industriell omvandling. Stockholm: Norstedts Juridik. link

Cramér, P. (1998). Neutralitet och europeisk integration. Stockholm: Norstedts Juridik AB. Abstract in English

Svensson, E-M. (1997). Genus och rätt. En problematisering av föreställningen om rätten. Stockholm: Iustus. link

Landelius, A-C. (1996). Självbestämmande, valfrihet och samtycke inom socialtJänsten. Stockholm: Nerenius & Santérus. link