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
This opening session will be led by Professor Başak Çalı. Basak is Professor of International Law at the Hertie School and Director of the School's Centre for Fundamental Rights. She 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.
This workshop on comparative doctrinal research methods will be led by Professor Cathryn Costello. She is an expert in European and international refugee and migration law and has written about EU asylum and migration law, international refugee law, and the relationship between migration and labour law. In July 2020 she will take up the Professorship of Fundamental Rights at the Hertie School and, with Professor Başak Çalı, be Co-Director of the Centre for Fundamental Rights. Cathryn is currently Professor of Refugee and Migration Law at the University of Oxford and the Principal Investigator of RefMig, an ERC-funded research project exploring refugee mobility, recognition and rights. She has also done studies for UNHCR, the Council of Europe and the European Parliament.
This workshop on normative research methods will be led by Dr. Alain Zysset. He is a 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 for a project on the European Court of Human Rights and populism financed by a Re-Constitution Fellowship. 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. Alain is the author of The ECHR and Human Rights Theory (Routledge, 2016).
This workshop on process-tracing methods will be led by Professor Mark Dawson. He is Professor of European Law and Governance at the Hertie School. His research focuses on the relationship between law and policymaking in the EU, particularly economic governance and human rights protection. He is the Principle 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.
This workshop on socio-legal research methods will be led by Dr. Dilek Kurban. She is a human rights lawyer 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 upcoming book titled Limits of Supranational Justice: The European Court of Human Rights and Turkey’s Kurdish Conflict (Cambridge University Press, October 2020) employs the respective top-down and bottom-up approaches of judicial impact and legal mobilisation scholarships in inquiring the possibilities and limitations of effective supranational judicial oversight of authoritarian regimes engaged in gross violations against minorities. She has nearly fifteen years of field research experience.
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.
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.
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.