PhD Scholarship at University of Galway on Regulation of Legal Analytics

Jul 03 2023 Posted: 10:39 IST
One funded PhD position is available to work on a doctoral thesis in the area of the Regulation of Legal Analytics. The successful applicant will work under the supervision of Dr Rónán Kennedy and Dr Abigail Rekas, School of Law.
It is open to a candidate to define their own PhD topic, but representative research questions could include:


  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of analytics techniques as applied to law?
  • What approaches to regulation of (new) legal services are adopted in different jurisdictions worldwide, and to what extent are these focused on protecting consumers or on vested interests?
  • Are legal analytics an economic activity which should be regulated by the European Union, as part of the common market, and if so, to what degree of harmonisation and with what level of competence retained by the Member States? 
  • What are the implications of data protection and privacy laws, which are developing rapidly in many jurisdictions worldwide, for legal analytics?
  • How can the governance of legal analytics foster better access to justice?

Please consult this document for further guidance: Regulation of Legal Analytics


Entry criteria


A minimum 2:1 Honours (or equivalent grade) UG and/or PG Degree in law or a related discipline (philosophy, social science etc). In exceptional circumstances a 2.2 would be considered where the candidate had significant practical or lived experience in the field.


A 1st Class Honours (or equivalent grade) UG and/or PG Degree in law or a related discipline (philosophy, social science etc).


The scholarship is funded for a maximum of 4 years. It will cover full fees for the successful candidate, in addition to a stipend of €18,500 per annum. Nevertheless, the successful candidate will be expected to apply for Irish Research Council (IRC) and University of Galway scholarships in the first year of their degree. 


Interested candidates should complete this Proposal Form‌, and submit a CV and an academic writing sample (e.g. article, course essay, dissertation) by 5pm, 21st August 2023 to and/or Informal inquiries can be sent to the same addresses. Candidates may be invited to interview.


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