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Vacancy: Senior Research Assistant sought for global project on choice of law

Professor Daniel Girsberger of the University of Lucerne is seeking to employ a Senior Research Assistant to work on a global project on Choice of Law in International Commercial Contracts. The part-time position is funded by the Swiss National Research Fund (SNF), initially for a period of three years. It is envisaged that the successful candidate would work from the University of Lucerne (and/or Geneva).

The successful candidate will:

Tort Litigation against TNCs in the English Courts

Ekaterina Aristova, a PhD in Law Candidate at the University of Cambridge, has made available on SSRN her article “Tort Litigation against TNCs in the English Courts: The Challenge of Jurisdiction”. Published earlier this month in the Utrecht Law Review the article discusses a recent trend of private claims alleging direct liability of parent companies for overseas human rights abuses (‘Tort Liability Claims’) focusing on the rules of civil jurisdiction applied by the English courts. It demonstrates how jurisdictional issues arising in Tort Liability Claims challenge the traditional value-neutralism paradigm of private international law as an abstract and technical disciplineby necessitating increasing involvement of domestic courts in the regulation of transnational corporations (‘TNCs’).

The author has kindly provided us with a brief summary of her key findings:

1) Tort Liability Claims are typically initiated in England by private partiesaffected by the activities of TNCs in the host (foreign) state.These arecivil liability cases in which the cause of actionagainst English-domiciled parent companiesis framed through the tort law concept of duty of carerather than the corporate law doctrine of piercing the corporate veil or customary international law on human rights. The allegations are based on the common law principles which provide that in certain circumstances the parent company may be found to have assumed a duty of care, owed to the claimants, to ensure their safety.The article explainsthat duty of care is invoked by the claimants in order to: (1) attribute liability for the overseas abuse to the parent company; (2) establish the necessaryterritorialconnection between the alleged tort and England; and (3) weaken the extraterritoriality concerns raised by the judgment of the English courtswith respect to the events occurred on the territory of the host(foreign)state.

Newcastle University PhD Studentship in Law (including private international law)

Value of award: 100% of UK/EU tuition fees for 3 years and an annual stipend at the UKRI postgraduate rate, currently £14,777.

Start date and duration: 1 September 2018 for 3 years.

Application closing date: 12 July 2018.

Overview: Applications are invited from candidates with an interest in pursuing a PhD in any area of Law in which the School offers supervision. See our list of staff members to find an appropriate supervisor for your research topic.

Eligibility Criteria: Candidates are expected to hold at a minimum either a first class, or a very good upper second class undergraduate degree in Law.

Applications will be considered on their merits, including further education at Masters level, a publication record, professional qualifications, or relevant work experience.