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S.J.D. Scholarships at Hamad Bin Khalifa University College of Law (HBKU College of Law) for the IPDD Project




Doha - Qatar





Full Time




March 15, 2024

The College of Law at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) in Doha, Qatar invites applications for two funded doctoral positions to begin in the academic year 2024-2025. The positions are in the areas of industrial and digital policy, and international economic law, broadly defined, and are funded under the interdisciplinary Industrial Policy for Digital Development (IPDD) Project: Digitalization, Sustainability and National Security in the New Geoeconomic Order. The project is funded by a grant of the Qatar Research, Development and Innovation (QRDI) Council and supported by HBKU, the Office of the State of Qatar to the World Trade Organization (WTO), Georgetown University in Qatar (GUQ), Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London, and the Geneva Graduate Institute.

About the IPDD Project

While market-oriented policies dominated the post-WWII era, government intervention is the order of the day. New industrial policies are largely different from the ones of previous decades. Their goal is to coordinate public and private sector activity, as well as jumpstart new economic sectors. The new targeted “industries” are in the areas of digital and sustainable economy. Moreover, they are more outward looking compared to older industrial policies; they aim at creating comparative advantages for states in the international economy and shelter states from national security emergencies.

The goal of the IPDD Project is to study in a comparative way the (re-)emergence of industrial law and policy allowing state intervention in the economy, as well as explore its role in digital and sustainable development in the Global South and North – with a focus on emerging economies. In addition, the project aims at exploring the ways in which industrial policy is reshaping domestic and international trade and investment policies and agreements.

The project focuses on new industrial and digital policymaking from a (legal) comparative, international, empirical, historical, and political economy perspective. It involves faculty members in law as well as in economics at HBKU, Georgetown University in Qatar (GUQ), Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London, and the Geneva Graduate Institute.

About the S.J.D. at HBKU College Law

The three-year S.J.D. is HBKU College of Law’s most advanced degree and it was launched in 2021. It is one of the first full-fledged research-intensive doctorate degrees in the MENA region, and one of the few of its kind outside the United States. Dedicated to scholarship and teaching, the program creates a vibrant community of legal scholars, who will assume teaching and research positions in academia, government, and the private sector.

The program focuses on research methodology and legal ethics in a globalized world. Students apply a highly analytical, interdisciplinary, and comparative approach to relevant contemporary issues. Candidates attend classes in the program’s first year and participate in the S.J.D. Colloquium, which provides them with fundamental knowledge of the practical and professional aspects of doctoral studies.

Successful S.J.D. candidates are required to

  • Actively engage in the research environment at HBKU and the IPDD Project: participate in international conferences, courses, and meetings relevant to their research projects, as well as actively support the various thematic areas of the project.
  • Conduct independent and high-quality research in the areas of the project under the supervision of IPDD Project members as well as the broader Education City community.
  • Contribute towards the successful organization of events at HBKU College of Law, the IPDD Project, the S.J.D. program, and the Graduate Programs Seminar.


HBKU offers an attractive monthly stipend for doctoral positions in accordance with university and QRDI Council policy.

HBKU, as an equal opportunity educator and employer, is committed to maintaining culturally and academically diverse university environment of the highest caliber.

How to apply

The application requires:

  • A Statement of Interest – please indicate in the title an interest in the IPDD Project
  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • A Research Proposal (of no more than 1,000 words) in the areas of industrial and digital policy, and international economic law
  • Two letters of recommendation

HBKU requires a minimum GPA of 3.0. Further, a candidate who did not earn a previous degree in English must submit an IELTS score of at least 6.5.

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