Call for applications
The Centre for Fundamental Rights at the Hertie School is pleased to announce its Second Annual Workshop on Research Methods in Fundamental Rights, taking place online from 2-4 June 2021. The workshop is hosted by the Hertie School as a member of CIVICA - The European University of Social Sciences.
The Workshop aims to provide doctoral and early-career legal researchers with opportunities to reflect on diverse research methods in human rights research. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to discuss these methods with renowned faculty, who will provide guidance and reflections on the methods they have applied in key pieces of their own research. Participants will also submit reflections on their own research questions and methods, and will receive individual feedback on their projects.
We encourage applications from PhD and early-career legal researchers carrying out fundamental rights research employing any of the methodological approaches covered in the workshop.
Participants will receive assigned readings and video-recorded presentations by Faculty in advance of the workshop, as well as guidance on the preparation of their own workshop presentations.
Sessions and Faculty
Sessions and Faculty
The workshop on the logic of case selection will be led by Başak Çalı, Professor of International Law at the Hertie School and Director of the School's Centre for Fundamental Rights. Çalı is an expert in European and international human rights law, with a special interest in comparative human rights law. She has written extensively on the purpose, interpretation, legitimacy, standards of review and domestic impact of human rights law. Her work places human rights law in its broader normative and political context and has a dual interest in legal interpretation and law in action.
The workshop on comparative methods in law will be led by Neha Jain, Professor of Public International Law at the European University Institute. Jain is also Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota Law (on leave). She received her B.A., LL.B. (hons.) from the National Law School of India University and completed her B.C.L. and D.Phil. in law from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes scholar. Jain has been a Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law and held fellowships at the Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Study, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, and iCourts. She is Managing Editor of AJIL Unbound, a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Journal of International Law, and a Board member of the European Society of International Law
The workshop on interviews in socio-legal human rights research will be led by Dilek Kurban. Kurban is a postdpctoral fellow and lecturer at the Hertie school conducting socio-legal and doctrinal research on supranational courts, the European Court of Human Rights, legal mobilisation and state violence. Her regional specialisation is Turkey. Her book entitled Limits of Supranational Justice: The European Court of Human Rights and Turkey’s Kurdish Conflict (Cambridge University Press, October 2020) employs both top-down judicial impact and bottom-up legal mobilisation approaches to explore the possibilities and limitations of supranational judicial oversight of authoritarian regimes engaged in gross violations against minorities. She has nearly fifteen years of field research experience.
This workshop on dissection as a method will be led by Marie-Bénédicte Dembour, Professor of Law and Anthropology at the Human Rights Centre of Ghent University. Dembour was previously at the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton. She studied Law as an undergraduate at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and gained her MPhil and DPhil in Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford. Her numerous publications include Who Believes in Human Rights? (Cambridge University Press, 2006), ‘What are Human Rights? Four Schools of Thought (Human Rights Quarterly, 2010), and When Humans Become Migrants (Oxford University Press, 2015). She currently leads the ERC research project ‘DISSECT: Evidence in International Human Rights Adjudication’.
This workshop on process-tracing will be led by Mark Dawson, Professor of European Law and Governance at the Hertie School. Dawson's research focuses on the relationship between law and policymaking in the EU, particularly economic governance and human rights protection. He is the Principal Investigator of LEVIATHAN, a research project exploring the legal and political accountability structure of EU economic governance. LEVIATHAN is supported by a Starting Grant of the European Research Council.
The workshop on coding and content analysis in human rights research will be led by Ezgi Yıldız (Global Governance Center, the Graduate Institute, Geneva). Ezgi is the Principal Investigator for Testing the Focal Point Theory of International Adjudication, and Postdoctoral Researcher for Paths of International Law. She holds a PhD in International Relations with a Minor in International Law (summa cum laude with distinction) from the Graduate Institute. Ezgi’s research focuses on the politics of international law, international courts, and legal change. Her book, Between Forbearance and Audacity: How the European Court Redefined the Norm Against Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press
This workshop on legal interpretivism and normative methodology will be led by Alain Zysset, a Lecturer in Public Law at the School of Law, University of Glasgow. From 2019 - 2020 Zysset was a visiting fellow at the Hertie School's Centre for Fundamental rights. His research lies at the intersection of public law, international law and political theory and his main area of research is the theory and practice of the ECHR. Zysset is the author of The ECHR and Human Rights Theory (Routledge, 2016).
This workshop on archival research methods and TWAIL methodology will be led by Mohammad (Shahab) Shahabuddin, Professor of International Law and Human Rights at Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham, UK. Shahabuddin is especially interested in the history and theory of international law, ethnicity and nationalism, and the concept of statehood. His teaching and research is informed by critical, postcolonial, and TWAIL (Third World Approaches to International Law) scholarship. He is the author of Ethnicity and International Law: Histories, Politics and Practices (Cambridge University Press, 2016) and Minorities and the Making of Postcolonial States in International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2021). He held a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship during 2018-2020.
Application and registration
Registration is free.
Date: 2 – 4 June 2021
Deadline for applications: 1 March 2021.
Please submit your application by sending an email to fundamentalrights[at]hertie-school[dot]org with the subject line 'Research Methods in Fundamental Rights'. Applications should include one single pdf file, containing the following information:
- A CV
- A letter of motivation
- An Outline of your research project, including your research question, research methodology and current stage of the research (2 pages)
- For PhD candidates: a letter of recommendation written by PhD supervisor
Download the full call for applications here.
Successful applicants will receive a written confirmation of acceptance no later than 1 April 2021 and are expected to submit a draft research proposal with a dedicated methodology section as well as a recorded 15 minutes presentation by 2 May 2021.
A detailed programme and list of readings will be made available by 3 May 2021. Video presentations will be available for the participants 10 days prior to the workshop.