PHD Programmes


GS.PNGGS is firmly grounded on the scientific conviction that certain sets of problems dealing with the complexities of our societies and present-day time should be investigated with the advantage of a number of academic approaches, only one point of view being insufficient to tackle the depth and intricacy of these issues. For this reason, the topics within the programme are selected for being at the intersection of several branches of study.  The topics are:

  • Distance and Virtuality
  • Law, Politics, and Knowledge
  • The Politics of Health, the Health of Politics
  • Individual and Collective Responsibility in the Technological Age
  • Environmental, Economic, Financial and Social Sustainability
  • Global Justice and Law. Intersectional Understanding of Inequality



GS’s scientific board is highly interdisciplinary and international: the executive board, headed by Benedetta Barbisan, a comparative constitutional lawyer based at the University of Macerata and at Georgetown as a Visiting Professor of Law, is composed of members from a variety of disciplines and countries (Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, United States), flanked by a scientific board made of internationally distinguished scholars such as:

  • Giuliano Amato (Italian Constitutional Court, former Vice-President of the European Convention, former Italian Prime Minister)
  • Richard Bellamy (Max Weber Programme, European University Institute)
  • Guido Calabresi (Yale Law School)
  • Ana Marta Guillen Rodriguez (Universidad de Oviedo)
  • Vicki Jackson (Harvard Law School)
  • Mattias Kumm (Berlin Social Science Centre; NYU School of Law)
  • Christopher McCrudden (Queen's University Belfast; Michigan Law School)
  • Isabelle Pingel (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
  • Marco Roscini (Westminster University)
  • Antoon Vandevelde (KU Leuven)
  • Armin von Bogdandy (Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law – Heidelberg)


Candidates will be admitted to the interview when a very good evaluation according to these criteria is achieved:

  1. evaluation of the master’s degree’s consistency with the PhD programme;
  2. evaluation of the CV;
  3. evaluation of the project statement’s quality, creativity and impact;
  4. language proficiency

Interview will be conducted and assessed according to these criteria:

  1. a) discussion with the candidate on the CV;
  2. b) discussion with the candidate on the project statement’s quality, creativity and impact;
  3. c) English language proficiency as emerged during the interview;
  4. d) motivation


GS is aimed at educating skilled researchers capable of applying their scholarly experience in professional environments where the scientific ability to address complex matters is needed. Although the natural destination of this programme is the academia, GS commits itself to train new generations of scholars whose analytical and critical armamentary is valuable also to institutions, think-tanks, NGOs, groups of interests. Our ultimate aspiration is to raise a class of intellectuals and researchers combining a top-notch scientific background with a strong engagement in facing present-day challenges.

Ultimo aggiornamento  2020/05/22 17:29:27 GMT+2