Call for applications

The Centre for Fundamental Rights at the Hertie School is welcoming applications for participation in a workshop on Research Methods in Fundamental Rights that will take place on 20-21 August 2020.  The workshop will be hosted by the Hertie School as a member of CIVICA - The European University of Social Sciences.

The workshop will be composed of sessions on doctrinal, comparative, normative, socio-legal, and process-tracing methods in the field of fundamental rights. There will be dedicated sessions for candidates to present and receive feedback on their research question and related methodology. We encourage applications from PhD researchers and early career researchers carrying out research in the field of fundamental rights and interested in one or more of the methodological approaches listed above.

Successful participants will receive assigned texts to prepare and are expected to contribute actively to discussions.

Sessions and Faculty

Date: 21 – 22 August 2020, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Location: Hertie School, Berlin. Alternative contingency planning for an online workshop in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic is in place.

Application and registration

Successful applicants from CIVICA Institutions will be eligible for a scholarship to cover accommodation in Berlin to attend the workshop. Costs for travel should be addressed to home CIVICA institutions.

Successful applicants from other academic institutions can apply for a scholarship to cover travel and accommodation costs in full or in part, subject to the availability of funds.

Registration is free.

Application process

Applications are closed.

Up to 15 successful participants will receive a written confirmation of acceptance no later than 31 May 2020. A detailed programme and list of readings will be made available by 25 June 2020. Successful candidates are expected to submit a draft research proposal with a dedicated methodology section by 1 August 2020.


  • Başak Çalı, Professor of International Law at the Hertie School and Director of the School's Centre for Fundamental Rights.

  • Cathryn Costello, Professor of Refugee and Migration Law at the University of Oxford. In July 2020 she will take up the Professorship of Fundamental Rights at the Hertie School and be Co-Director of the Centre for Fundamental Rights.

  • Mark Dawson, Professor of European Law and Governance at the Hertie School.

  • Dilek Kurban, human rights lawyer conducting socio-legal and doctrinal research on supranational courts, the European Court of Human Rights, legal mobilisation and state violence.

  • Alain Zysset, Lecturer in Public Law at the School of Law, University of Glasgow and a Visiting Fellow at the Hertie School's Centre for Fundamental rights.