Joachim Herz Doctoral School of Law

Law and Transformation

Thanks to funding from the Joachim Herz Stiftung (link), the Joachim Herz Doctoral School of Law offers a structured Ph.D. programme on the topic of Law and Transformation (link).

Within the framework of this programme, the doctoral school deals with fundamental legal questions that arise from the observed social transformation and - connected to this - from the transformation of law itself. Phenomena such as digitalisation, constant social change as a result of demographic changes, as well as various crises and conflicts, such as the Corona pandemic, the climate crisis, or the Ukraine war, pose immense challenges to the law. They not only require an adaptation of the law, but also lead to a change of its role.

Against this background, the Joachim Herz Doctoral School funds research projects on the following topics:

  •  Digitalisation / Digitality and Law
  •  Climate Change / Decarbonisation and Law
  •  (Inter-)national Conflicts and Law
  •  Law as a Decisive Factor in Transformations

The focus of the research programme on these issues serves the goal of making a sustainable contribution to the future viability of democratic societies and determining the role of law in dealing with pressing contemporary issues and the permanent demands of transformation.


Admission to the Structured Ph.D. Programme

The structured Ph.D. programme of the Joachim Herz Doctoral School of Law offers graduates in law or neighbouring disciplines (state examination, master, or similar) optimal conditions for carrying out challenging Ph.D. projects on the topic Law and Transformation.

The Ph.D. programme lasts four years and includes methodological courses as well as specialised seminars, workshops and lectures. Successful completion of the programme leads to the award of the Ph.D. title (Dr. iur.) by the School of Public Affairs at Leuphana University Lüneburg.

Interested students can apply for participation at any time. Please note, however, that it is strongly recommended to first clarify the possibility of supervision with a professor at Leuphana Law School.

Further information:


Joachim Herz Doctoral School

Leuphana University Lüneburg
Universitätsallee 1, C40.222
21335 Lüneburg (Germany)

Telefon: +49 (0) 4131.677-4020

School of Public Affairs

Leuphana University Lüneburg
Universitätsalle 1, C4.104
21335 Lüneburg (Germany)


Joachim Herz Foundation

Langenhorner Chaussee 384
22419 Hamburg (Germany)

Telefon: +49 (0) 40 533 295 - 0