The Center for Law & Economics at ETH Zurich has approximately 20 group members from law, economics, and computer science. At the Center, Professor Stefan Bechtold invites applications for a
PhD position in law (law & economics, intellectual property, antitrust, Internet/technology law)
We are looking for a highly qualified, research-oriented student with a legal education and an interest in one of the areas of law listed above. Are you interested in writing a PhD thesis (paper-based, in English) participating in the international law & economics discourse? At our Center, students can conduct internationally oriented basic research as part of a highly motivated team at a leading university. We offer an interdisciplinary environment, close supervision, and excellent contacts with leading scholars at U.S. universities. Our Center holds three series of seminars ( which enable our group members to meet internationally leading researchers from all areas of law & economics on a regular basis. Our broad international network offers attractive career prospects.
Our PhD students work on an interdisciplinary project for about three years. We offer comprehensive training in social science methods in the first year. This may include courses in economics, political science, and/or statistics at ETH Zurich, the University of Zurich, the Study Center Gerzensee, or at international summer courses. Second-year students will take specialized courses tailored to their individual PhD projects. We offer our PhD students limited organizational or teaching duties, ensuring that they can focus almost entirely on their own research. We provide support for attending international conferences and workshops, and for research stays abroad. The working language of the Center for Law & Economics is English.
For further information, please visit the websites and General information on PhD studies at ETH Zurich is available at For specific questions, please contact Professor Stefan Bechtold at

Applications with a motivational letter, CV and university transcripts with exam grades should be submitted online until January 31, 2017 to: ETH Zurich, Olivier Meyrat, Human Resources, CH-8092 Zurich. Applications via email will not be considered.