Joint law programme of six universities acknowledged as European success story
The project European Joint Doctorate in Law and Development, which is coordinated also by the University of Tartu, was selected as an Erasmus Mundus success story. Five other universities are involved in the project.
Together with the University of Edinburgh, Oslo University, Tilburg University, Deusto University and North-West University, the University of Tartu is part of the EDOLAD (European Joint Doctorate in Law and Development) consortium, which offers an Erasmus Mundus three-year joint doctorate programme in the field of Law and Development.
“The project being called a “success story” is a great recognition, because success stories are high-level projects which are an inspiration to others, distinguished by their impact and innovative results and contribute to policy-making,” said the Estonian coordinator of the consortium, UT Research Fellow of IT Law Helen Eenmaa-Dmitrieva.
The studies of Erasmus Mundus joint programmes take place in several universities during the study period and the doctoral student’s dissertation is supervised by lecturers from at least two universities which are in the consortium.
The special feature of this doctoral programme is the extensive scope of fieldwork done in different regions of the world. “From January until May 2016, the consortium’s teaching and studies are done at the UT Faculty of Law which enrichens the options for all UT doctoral students in the field of humanities and social sciences who are working on matters related to developing countries. In the context of European migration trends and policies, the programme is bound to become even more topical,” described Eenmaa-Dmitrieva.
Upon completing the doctoral programme, the doctoral student will be awarded a joint-diploma of two universities. “The joint programme provides doctoral students with flexibility and perspective in research work, because graduates of the programme will have experience in working in several academic cultures,” said Eenmaa-Dmitrieva and added that joint studies and research should enable the programme’s doctoral students as well as lecturers to create innovative knowledge and practices in law, which have significant added value in the development of education in the field of law.
The Erasmus Mundus programme is a cooperation and mobility programme in the field of higher education. It aims to enhance quality in European higher education, improve and extend students’ competitiveness in the labour market and to promote intercultural understanding through cooperation with third countries. The core of the programme is joint master’s and doctoral programmes developed in cooperation of high-level European higher education institutions.
Additional information: Helen Eenmaa-Dmitrieva, UT Research Fellow of IT Law and Programme Director, tel. 737 6056, e-mail: helen.eenmaa [ät] ut.ee.