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State Silence is an exciting research project led by the Principal Investigator, Dr. Danae Azaria, Associate Professor, UCL Faculty of Laws, funded by a prestigious Starting Grant of the European Research Council, and hosted at the world-leading UCL Faculty of Laws. Under this project, a PhD studentship is fully funded for 3 years under the supervision of Dr Danae Azaria concerning non-appearance before international courts and tribunals. The studentship is available from January 2021 (candidates may however be able to begin in April or September 2021).

Non-appearance before the International Court of Justice was discussed in literature in the 1980s. Since then, international courts and tribunals have proliferated, they have their own rules, and the legal and political landscapes of disputes before them are different. By collecting and assessing the rules and practices of international courts and tribunals (excluding international criminal courts) on non-appearance, this PhD will address the origins, underlying reasoning, similarities and divergences of rules and practices in this area. Candidates proposing a different research methodology and question about non-appearance before international courts will also be considered.

This studentship presents a unique opportunity to conduct supervised research at and be a part of the thriving research community UCL Laws, as well as being an integral part of the research team for the outstanding State Silence project.

You must have a strong degree in law (2:1 or first-class honours). It is not strictly essential to have a postgraduate law degree (in international law), but this is strongly preferred and you will be expected to have 2:1 or distinction.

Those with previous experience in research in international courts and tribunals and/or international dispute settlement are particularly encouraged to apply. But, those with experience in other fields of international law are also encouraged to apply.

To apply, please email (in one email indicating in the subject ‘ERC State Silence studentship’) by 29 November 2020 the following documents to :

  • A cover letter briefly introducing yourself and explaining your reasons for applying for this particular PhD studentship.
  • Full CV containing your email address and telephone number.
  • Copies of degrees and transcripts.
  • English language proficiency tests as per usual UCL PhD entry requirements:
  • A maximum 1,500-3,000 word sample of your written work, which should demonstrate independent critical analysis, the construction of a persuasive argument, intelligent engagement with legal sources, and attention to detail.
  • A proposal in relation to the PhD topic that is informative and persuasive. You need to describe the scope of the topic, its particular objectives, and engage with its methodology. Your proposal should be a maximum of 3,000 words and include a preliminary bibliography (not counted in the word limit). Guidance on how to write a good proposal:

Two references should also be sent by your referees (by the same deadline) directly to, indicating in the subject of the email the name of the applicant they are submitting the reference for.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy, please contact Dr Danae Azaria: If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact:

Funding eligibility (UK/EU/International): The position is open to UK, EU and Overseas candidates

Organisation: Dr. Danae Azaria, UCL Faculty of Laws
Deadline: 29/11/2020
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