I am offering places for doctoral students within the framework of the "Promotionsordnung für die Juristische Fakultät der Universität Passau" of 29. July 2009.
You can choose between topics in the areas of Competition Law, Internet Law, Intellectual Property Law, Capital Markets Law, General Civil Law and Stock Corporation Law. Economic analyses and comparative approaches are of special interest to me.
An essential prerequisite is (apart from meeting the requirements of the „Promotionsordnung“) a genuine interest in working scientifically in an autonomous manner and the willingness to advance the chosen subject in a continuous way – I will provide the candidate with regular feedback during this process.
If you are interested, please contact me via e-mail.
- The first step towards earning a docorate is a successful application. Please send me an e-mail, explaining briefly who you are, which subject you would like to choose for your thesis (at this stage, a comprehensive overview or even an exposé are not required) and attach supporting documents which show that you meet the requirements laid down in the “Promotionsordnung”.
If you fulfill the conditions and if your chosen subject is suitable for a thesis, I will get in touch with you and we can discuss via phone or skype how to proceed. I do not assign specific subjects to candidates.
As a second step you will have to present an extensive overview of the existing publications concerning your chosen subject and you will have to produce a rough outline of your future thesis. In my opinion, a comprehensive synopsis is not necessarily leading to the desired results – in fact, at this stage, it is important that the candidates thoroughly inform themselves about the present state of research in their field and that they try to narrow down the important issues for their subject.
Finally, you will begin writing your thesis. I expect you to be able to present first excerpts after three months at the latest. Hereby, you should not begin with the introduction, but ideally, you should already be able to comment on your own hypothesis which will later form the core of your doctorate thesis.
- About one year after beginning to write the thesis, you will have to present your findings to a doctorate seminar and defend them before the other participants of the seminary.
- As a general rule, the thesis should be completed within two years (or earlier, depending on the candidate’s dedication)
- Further information concerning the doctorate provided by the faculty
- Information about funding opportunities
Patrick Mainka, Verantwortlichkeit nach Beendigung von Unternehmensverträgen (Promotion in Düsseldorf 2017), Hamburg 2017