PhD Research Projects / PhD Researchers - Research Programmes - Researchers - Senior researchers - Procedure to become a member - Quality control
The selection of PhD research projects and the selection and appointment of PhD researchers remains in the first place the responsibility of the participating faculties. Each faculty has developed its own system for this purpose. In addition, the Research School follows its own policy with respect to the admission of projects to the School’s programme. The potential admission of the project to the Research School could be anticipated during the internal selection within the faculties by allowing the board of the Research School to decide on the admissibility of the proposed project in advance. The participating faculties can put forward PhD projects to the board of the Research School annually. The board will decide on the basis of the following criteria:
With respect to the selection of research programmes, the board applies the following criteria:
When the Ius Commune Research School was set up it was decided that only those research components where substantive cooperation exists between at least two of the three cooperating faculties would be included. In other words: it was explicitly decided to leave relevant research in the framework of the central mission that is conducted in only one of the three faculties outside the formal contribution in the programme of the school. When for a specific topic no interests can be found at the partner universities a cooperation can also be possible with scholars from other faculties.
Regarding the admission of individual researchers to the school, the board of the Research School will in principle apply the following criteria:
Regarding the admission of individual senior researchers to the school, the Board of the Research School will in principle apply the following criteria:
An application is submitted to the coordinating programme leader who advises the academic director; the academic director advises the board of the research school; the board decides. An annual evaluation takes place to determine whether the (senior) researcher still satisfies the admission criteria; in case the criteria are no longer fulfilled, the board will take measures.
Researchers from outside the partner faculties
Although in principle members of the Research School are also working at the partner faculties, also researchers of other faculties or even non-academics (working at no university at all) can be admitted to the School. The condition is that the programme leader of the specific research programme is of the opinion that the researcher concerned will deliver an essential contribution to the execution of the research programme.
Participation in more than one research programme
A participation in more than one research programme is allowed on the condition that (in case of a full time appointment) this participation takes place for a minimum of 0,2 fte. In case the researcher participates in more than one programme of course the output requirements (as far as publications are concerned) are proportionally reduced.
In addition to the requirement that the PhD-researcher should write his/her PhD, there are no other formal publication demands.
As far as researchers are concerned, the following publication requirements apply: In principle the Research School demands that in case of a full-time participation three academic papers are published on a yearly basis. The programme leader decides whether this criterion is met. When for example a publication took place of one substantial paper in an important international journal, the programme leader can decide that the publication requirement has been met. The specific publication demands are of course strongly related to the particular requirements in the field of law concerned.
A control takes place by assessing the total output of a programme. In that respect it will be examined whether the output of the specific programme is sufficiently related to the total input in the programme. Of course, it will also be assessed whether the output constitutes an execution of the purposes and objects specified by the specific programme. In addition, it will be examined whether the output constitutes an execution of the objects of the Ius Commune Research School.
As far as individual researchers are concerned, it is assessed whether the research is of a quality and quantity, which meets the publication demands of the School. This will be related to the proportion to which the researcher participates in the School and in a specific programme. The quality assessment on the basis of the mentioned criteria will first be executed by the programme leaders. The programme leaders report to the academic director of the Ius Commune Research School. The academic director meets with a small committee to evaluate yearly the output of the programme and the individual researchers. On the basis of the evaluation by this committee, proposals are formulated to the Board of Directors of the School which can eventually take measures.