Three-Year Doctoral Scholarship "Artificial Justice"

The Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg, Germany, is one of the world’s leading institutions for foundational comparative research in the fields of private law and private international law. By analysing the legal systems of the world and comparing them with one another, we identify and develop solutions for the law of tomorrow.

The Institute’s newly-established Minerva Fast Track Research Group “Artificial Justice,” led by Katharina Isabel Schmidt, in conjunction with Professor Ralf Michaels’s Department, invites applications for one fully-funded PhD scholarship for a doctoral student with an earliest start date of 1 September 2024.

Research Group:
The Research Group “Artificial Justice” applies interdisciplinary methods to the study of automated, artificial, and algorithmic reasoning in law. Group members research a wide array of topics ranging from pre-modern fantasies of “justice machines,” the transition from legal logic to legal information science, cultural attitudes towards courtroom tech, and the emerging “right to a human decision” to contemporary proposals for AI-powered “lawbots.” Collaboratively, Group members explore a set of more general issues, including the relationship between normative and empirical expertise, law’s epistemological status vis-à-vis technology and the natural sciences as well as limits and opportunities of legal interdisciplinarity.

In addition to completing your own independent project on a topic within the purview of the Group, you will contribute to collaborative research on automated, artificial, and algorithmic reasoning in law. You will also contribute to intellectual life at the Institute by attending talks and workshops, liaising with colleagues and visitors, and by periodically presenting your research findings. You may also be asked to undertake some administrative tasks related to the Group’s speaker series.

The scholarship will run for three years. The stipend for the position will be commensurate with the TVöD Bund pay scale (65% of E13).

Applications must be received by 15 July 2024.