The increased digitalisation and datafication of science and society raises urgent questions regarding safety and security. That is why critical thinkers that can answer these questions have a part to play. As a PhD candidate, you will research the legal rules about anonymity and authenticity on online platforms. You will aim to better understand the current rules, but also develop a theory about how these rules should evolve in the future.
You are a legal scholar passionate about technical and digitalisation issues. You have affinity with and (technical) understanding of the practices of online platforms. As a PhD you will research the legal rules concerning anonymity and authenticity on online platforms. You will examine the distinction between activities that are (or should be) allowed to be anonymous and those where authenticity is required and the user is thus required to prove (an aspect of) his or her real identity. Your project will aim at a better understanding of the current rules, but also at developing a theory about how these rules should evolve in the future. In your research you will combine doctrinal legal analysis with a normative perspective and a solid understanding of cybersecurity and the practices of online platforms. You will write your PhD thesis in English as a monograph or as a series of articles. A full description of the project is available here.
The project is a collaboration between the Faculty of Law, its two research centres (OO&R and SteR), and iHub, Radboud University’s interdisciplinary hub on digitalisation and society. You will be employed by the Faculty of Law, but you will be explicitly and actively involved in iHub. Depending on your expertise and language abilities, you will be part of either the International and European Law Department or the Civil Law Department. The project will take four years (100% research) or five years (75% research, 25% teaching).
The exact scope of the research proposal and teaching duties will be discussed in consultation with the envisaged supervisors: Jasper Krommendijk (Associate Professor of International and European law, SteR), Pieter Wolters (Associate Professor of Civil Law, OO&R), Jaap Henk Hoepman (Associate Professor of Computer Science, iHub) and Bart Jacobs (Professor of Security and Correctness of Software, iHub).
- You hold a law degree (Master’s degree or comparable).
- You have a demonstrable interest in digitalization.
- You have an excellent command of the English language, both orally and in writing.
- You have a strong motivation to conduct PhD research in this area.
- You have excellent scientific writing, planning and communication skills.
The Faculty of Law of Radboud University considers education and research as its core tasks. Academic education at the Faculty of Law focuses on training tax lawyers and providing postgraduate courses for tax lawyers. Typical of our groundbreaking academic research is that it is often conducted in cooperation with tax law practice. The research carried out by our staff is embedded in the Business and Law Research Centre (OO&R) and the Research Centre for State and Law (SteR). OO&R is a partnership between the faculty and a number of leading law firms and multinational companies, which conducts research in areas of law relevant to business. SteR specialises in multidisciplinary public law research. The centre aims to provide a stimulating environment for the conduct of high-quality research. iHub is Radboud University’s interdisciplinary research hub on digitalisation and society. iHub brings together a diverse range of scholars from across the humanities, social sciences, law, engineering and natural sciences to tackle urgent questions raised by the increased digitalisation and datafication of science and society. iHub’s mission is to increase our understanding of the effects of digitalisation on society and to help steer digital transformations in ways commensurate with public values.
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