Candidates holding a law degree and a masters degree pursue advanced legal studies that combine independent research with coursework in comparative constitutional law, human rights and international business law.
The Doctoral Program aims to provide an opportunity to promising young scholars to conduct comparative research into a complex problem in comparative constitutional law, international business law or human rights which has both profound theoretical and practical relevance. Supervision for doctoral projects is provided by our international permanent and visiting faculty. In addition to conducting independent research doctoral students benefit from doctoral courses, research grants enabling further research at renowned law schools or research institutions, opportunities for supervised teaching and a wide range of other doctoral activities (such as conferences, workshops, summer schools). The Doctor of Juridical Science is offered by Central European University (CEU).
Physical presence in Budapest is required during the first three years of the SJD program, except for research periods abroad. The SJD degree is awarded on the basis of completion of the credit requirements from course work and other doctoral activities, and the successful public defense of the doctoral thesis (dissertation) before a panel composed of internal and external experts.
Our doctoral graduates have been successful in obtaining post-graduate research positions and teaching appointments at leading academic institutions. We are also proud to know senior NGO and international law firm personnel among our doctoral alumni.
Graduates of the department pursue careers as policymakers, diplomats, scholars, human rights professionals, judges, arbitrators, consultants and lawyers in business and public administration.
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Candidates holding a law degree receive an opportunity to pursue advanced legal stud- ies that combine independent research with coursework in comparative constitutional law, human rights, and international business law.
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