Academic Year 2023-2024
Subject area Legal, Politological, Economic and Statistical Sciences
Cycle 39
Coordinator Prof. Pietro Manzini
Language French, English, Italian
Duration 3 years

Application deadline: Aug 22, 2023 at 11:59 PM (Expired)

Second PhD Call for Applications, with scholarships funded by NRRP and other funds

Enrolment: From Sep 15, 2023 to Sep 21, 2023

Doctoral programme start date: Nov 01, 2023

39 PNRR PhD Call for Applications

Application deadline: Jun 20, 2023 at 11:59 PM (Expired)

PhD Call for Applications, with scholarships funded by NRRP and other funds

Enrolment: From Jul 28, 2023 to Aug 21, 2023

Doctoral programme start date: Nov 01, 2023

39 PNRR PhD Call for Applications
Operating centre
Main Department
Department of Legal Studies - DSG
Associated Departments
Department of Sociology and Business Law - SDE
  • European Law
  • European Markets Law
Research topics

Curriculum 1: European Law

  • General principles of European law and EU institutional law
  • European citizenship and the non discrimination principle
  • EU fundamental rights and freedoms and the Charter of Fundamental Rights
  • Internal market and other EU sectoral policies
  • Economic and monetary Union
  • EU external relations

Curriculum 2: European Markets Law

  • Financial and banking Law
  • Labour Law and social protection policies
  • Industrial competitiveness, innovation and entrepreneurship european policies
  • Employment and social affairs european policies (social inclusion, microfinance, female and young entrepreneurship, financial education)
  • Fiscal Administration and legal protection for European tax payers
  • Legal instruments for innovations and sustainable development
  • Legal instruments for digital market
  • Internationalization of law and contributions for the creation of a global legal order


Job opportunities and potential areas of employment
The PhD course in EU Law allows the graduate to acquire specialized training in the chosen Curriculum (European Law and European Markets Law), which makes available a wide range of employment possibilities.
The PhD students will be able to demonstrate their specialist skills, taking on roles of responsibility in private and/or public research institutions; they will be able to work in consultancy for institutions and agencies, national, European and international.
Admission Board

Appointed by RD n. 709/2023 Prot n. 149534 on Jun 02, 2023

Confirmed for Call for further PhD Positions
Rectoral Decree n. 1066/2023 Prot. n. 0226313 of 04/08/2023

Surname and Name University / Institution Role email
Casolari Federico Università di Bologna Member
Gatti Mauro Università di Bologna Member
Golino Claudia Università di Bologna Member
Pomelli Alessandro Università di Bologna Member
Tundo Francesco Università di Bologna Member
Belletti Michele Università di Bologna Substitute
Manzini Pietro Università di Bologna Substitute
Martucci Francesco Université Paris II Substitute
Mengozzi Pieralberto Università di Bologna Substitute
Soldati Nicola Università di Bologna Substitute
Learning outcomes

The PhD course in EU Law aims at preparing professionals by providing them with comprehensive skills in EU Law and European Law & Economics, characterized by a particularly broad scientific analysis related to those topics, to allow them to implement their knowledge in academic and scientific institutions, in private and public organization and private companies, national, European and international.
Owing to its interdisciplinary nature, the PhD focuses its training activity on in-depth analysis of the EU integration progress and the impact of European policy decisions on the legal and economic aspects of national systems, with the presence and contribution of professors part of the PhD course but also of external Italian or foreign professors who participate in scientific and didactic activities.

Activities to be carried out by Doctoral candidates

The activities carried out by the PhD students are those traditional of scientific research in the field of law:

  • identification of sources and data
  • analysis of case law
  • general theory studies
  • processing original results in terms of exegesis and systematic reconstruction.

In addition to writing the PhD thesis, all doctoral candidates are encouraged to engage in supplementary educational activities on topics related to their field of research and to attend national and international seminars and conferences. Students may be invited to participate in seminars organized by Italian and foreign universities in order to discuss their research projects and provisional results obtained before scientific committees.

Research training activities compliant with the Doctoral programme's learning outcomes

The training of doctoral students includes not only teaching activities on topics related to the doctoral course but also activities aimed at stimulating the doctoral students' ability to network, access research funds and competitive projects, and communicate and present research results.
In particular:

  • specific training activities, thematic seminar cycles, Summer and Winter Schools, advanced training courses, conferences, workshops, international lectio;
  • training programme, teaching and scientific activities offered within the framework of the Jean Monnet Action, the Inter-University Centre for Research in Comparative Law and the Centre for the Study of Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, other activities of the chairs involved;
  • Activities dedicated to networking and the ability to access research funds.

The training course is structured as follows:
Year I

  • International and EU law
  • Advanced seminars on European institutions
  • European immigration law
  • training activities on general topics and specific seminars for the respective PhD curricula
  • participation in scientific initiatives on topics related to the three-year research project both at national and international level

Year II

  • Advanced seminars on EU competition law
  • Advanced seminars on the Internal Market
  • Advanced seminars on ADR procedures
  • Advanced Seminars on the Social Pillar
  • Compulsory period of at least 6 months of research abroad in a foreign university, a European institution or a research organisation under the supervision of a lecturer

Year III
During the third year, the training activity continues with participation in seminar activities and is directed towards the completion of the elaboration of the doctoral thesis, also envisaging the writing of the same in a foreign University or at a European Institution.

Internationalization features

The PhD course in EU Law is based on a netwok of international universities and research facilities (ie. King’s College and Queen Mary University – London, Maastricht University, Strasbourg University, China University of Political Science and Law – Beijing, China Scholarship Council, University of International Business and Economics, Beijing), which have improved both mobility opportunities for graduate students and lectures, and assessed the opportunity for joint research projects. The Ph.D course also benefits from the work of the Jean Monnet lectureship, the International Agency for Research in European Law, the Interuniversity Research Centre on Comparative Law, the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence 'Consumers and SMEs in the Digital Single Market', the Research Center for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises and the International European Distance Education in Law Network (EDELNet).
A general framework agreement with the Universidad Nacional de Education a Distancia, Madrid, is active.
The PhD course in EU Law requires Ph.D students to spend abroad for a minimum of 6 months, during the 3 years-duration of the Ph.D course, in accredited universities and research facilities. Alternatively, still as part of the training period abroad, the possibility is given to carry out an internship at the Court of Justice of the EU in Luxembourg.
A fruitful mobility of the lecturers of the Ph.D course is ongoing; this has made it possible for them to forge stable relationships with prestigious foreign universities and international research institutions.
The PhD course in European Law organizes international master lectures dedicated to the topics of the PhD held by professors and representatives of European and international institutions.

Expected research results and products

The PhD student’s activities will have the following main results:

  • the acquisition and improvement of rigorous working methods in the field of research, suited to both future professional developments in the academic field and to high quality profile professions both in the public sector (e.g. law offices, legislative offices, internal consultants) and in the private sector (experts in corporate law, legal offices within companies, external consultants, etc.)
  • drawing up a doctoral thesis, the results of which each student shall make public (subject to intellectual property protection limitations, where necessary), in a structured format and according to qualitative parameters similar to those required by scientific publications of international relevance
  • the presentation of reports, communications or posters on the occasion of both national and international conferences, with their publication as conference reports.
  • the production and publication of papers and scientific articles in national scientific journals with the highest level of classification according to the ANVUR parameters and/or in foreign scientific journals of international relevance in topics relating to European law, including the economic profiles of EU policies, by demonstrating a comprehensive and thorough knowledge of the whole area of EU law and EU market law.