PhD in European Law

Academic Year 2021/2022 PON Scholarships Call
Subject area Legal, Politological, Economic and Statistical Sciences
Cycle 37
Coordinator Prof. Marina Timoteo
Language French, English, Italian
Duration 3 years
Positions 5 positions. More information in the PhD Programme Table
Application deadline Oct 20, 2021 at 11:59 PM (Expired)
Enrolment period From Nov 05, 2021 to Nov 12, 2021
Doctoral programme start date Jan 01, 2022
Operating centre
Main Department
Department of Legal Studies - DSG
Associated Departments
Department of Sociology and Business Law - SDE
  1. European Law
  2. 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)
  • Legal instruments for innovations and sustainable development
  • Legal instruments for digital market
  • Internationalization of law and contributions 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 one of the two Curricula (European Law and European Markets Law), which makes available a wide range of employment prospects depending on the specific Curriculum chosen. The PhD candidates 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

Surname Name University Role email
Balboni Marco Università di Bologna Member
Belletti Michele Università di Bologna Member
Casolari Federico Università di Bologna Member
Manzini Pietro Università di Bologna Member
Tundo Francesco Università di Bologna Member
Borraccetti Marco Università di Bologna Substitute
Di Federico Giacomo Università di Bologna Substitute
Gatti Mauro Università di Bologna Substitute
Golino Claudia  Università di Bologna Substitute
Timoteo Marina Università di Bologna Substitute
Learning outcomes
The PhD programme 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, both national and international. Owing to its interdisciplinary nature, the Ph.D. 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.
Activities to be carried out by Doctoral candidates
The activities carried out by the PhD candidates 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. PhD candidates 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 PhD research traineeship has different levels:
- Specialist training activities, a cycle of theme-based seminars, seminars borrowed from Summer and Winter Schools (e.g. the Summer school: The protection of fundamental rights, in collaboration with Strasbourg University, King's College London and Bertinoro Ce.U.B., "The protection of fundamental rights in Europe", in cooperation with the University of Teramo, within the activities of a Jean Monnet Project); higher education courses; study conferences; workshops; international lectures, for both the Curricula of the EU PhD.
- Training programme and educational and scientific activities realized through the Jean Monnet Action, in the Interuniversity Research Centre for Comparative Law and the Study Centre for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, in addition to other different activities organized by the two lectureships.

Training pathway:
Year I
- Common traineeship activities for both Curricula (e.g.: meetings on the latest developments in European Court decisions; seminars on methodology, seminars on economic freedom in the EU system, etc.)
- General traineeship activities for both the Curricula and specific seminars for each of them
- Participation in scientific initiatives on the research topics of the three-year project, both national and international.

Year II
- Common traineeship activities for both Curricula
- Specific seminars for each of them
- Mandatory period of at least six months abroad, at a foreign University, European Institution or Research facility, under the supervision of a professor.

Year III
Participation in all traineeship activities and focus on completing the PhD thesis, including the option of writing it at the foreign University or Institution.
Internationalization features
The PhD programme in EU Law is based on a network of international universities and research facilities (ie. King's College and Queen Mary University in London, Maastricht University, Strasbourg University, China University of Political Science and Law ñ 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 being renewed. The Ph.D course in EU Law requires PhD candidates to stay abroad for a minimum of 6 months, during the 3 years-duration of the Ph.D itself, 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. For a number of years a fruitful mobility of the lecturers of the Ph.D course has been operational; 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 candidates' 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 proceedings - 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.
Doctoral programme Academic Board
Name Surname University/Institution Qualification
Marco Balboni Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Michele Belletti Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Marco Borraccetti Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Angela Carpi Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Federico Casolari Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Giacomo Di Federico Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Mauro Gatti Università di Bologna Ricercatore a tempo determinato
Claudia Golino Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Marco Lamandini Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Giuliano Lemme Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia Professore Ordinario
Pietro Manzini Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Francesco Martucci Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II (France)  Professore Ordinario
Emanuele Menegatti Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Emanuela Pistoia Università degli Studi di Teramo Professore Associato Confermato
Alessandro Pomelli Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Lucia Serena Rossi Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Nicola Soldati Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Maria Alessandra Stefanelli Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Marina Timoteo Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Francesco Tundo Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Alessandra Zanobetti Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario