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Legal Protection of Religion(s) in Cyberspace: PhD Position (0.5 FTE, 4 years), Law Faculty, University of Zurich

University Research Priority Program “Digital Religion(s)”


We seek an outstanding PhD researcher with an interest in law and religion to join the team of the interdisciplinary project “Digital Religion(s)”. This University Research Priority Program (URRP) investigates the practices, challenges, risks and opportunities of “Digital Religion(s)” in today’s globally networked society. For the first time in a Swiss and European context, the dynamics of digital religious communication, interaction and transformation with regard to their legal and ethical contexts will be explored, with innovative empirical and theoretical approaches and an emphasis on interdisciplinary as well as international collaboration.

Within the larger framework of the URRP, our project will analyse the legal protection of faith in cyberspace, addressing both substantial aspects (such as the issue of hate speech) and jurisdictional challenges; for further details, see

The project offers unique opportunities for inter-disciplinary approaches and empirical as well as qualitative methods. Applica nts must hold an excellent Master’s or equivalent degree diploma  which qualifies them for pursuing doctoral studies at the University of Zurich. The successful candidate is expected (a) to complete and submit a PhD thesis at the Law Faculty in Zurich within four years, (b) to contribute to the overall URPP research project as well as to our specific project, including (c) the organisation of workshops and publication of contributions in scholarly journals.

Please submit your application, including a C.V., copies of your degrees and certificates, contact details of two referees, a sample of your written work (such as a term paper, a Master thesis or a published article), and a short outline (max. 450 words) of your PhD proposal.

The position is for four years (non-extendable), starting on 1 April 2021. The University of Zurich offers excellent terms of employment (for further details, see We offer you an inspiring working environment at the Centre for Human Rights Studies, with a highly motivated team and flexible working hours.

For further inquiries about the advertised position, please contact us at Please submit your application to this e-mail address by 10 February 2021.


Prof. Dr. iur. Christine Kaufmann

Prof. Dr. iur. Lorenz Langer

Organisation: Centre for Human Rights Studies, Faculty of Law, University of Zurich
Deadline: 10/02/2021
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