PhD program in Public Law, Criminal and International Justice

The institution

The University of Pavia, founded in 1361, is one of the world’s oldest academic institutions. Today almost 24,000 students, from both Italy and overseas, study at our University. Pavia, as a city-campus, offers students a unique experience in Italy and rare in Europe: to stay at one of 20 University colleges. Pavia is a city in northern Italy with 70,000 inhabitants located 30 km south of Milan, connected by regional and suburban trains every 10 minutes. Life in Pavia is both pleasant and affordable, particularly in comparison with much higher housing and living costs in Milan and other urban centres in Lombardy. Pavia’s campus offers a unique university experience to students who can enjoy countless events, festivals, exhibitions, concerts and sport activities, at all levels.

The program

The PhD in Public Law, Criminal Justice and International is based on the study of public law in the broadest sense of the term, both in its national dimension (constitutional law, administrative law, criminal law, criminal procedure) and in its comparative (comparative public law) and supranational (international and European Union law) dimension. The course aims at training highly qualified research doctors, with a knowledge of the necessary investigation methodologies and the ability to critically process the acquired data.

The PhD course aims at producing high qualified researches able to: 1) access to the highest levels of public administration; 2) start a consultancy activity both in the exercise of the legal professions and in public and private research centers; 3) pursue academic research; 4) access to university careers and the judiciary; 5) access to diplomatic careers and employment in the institutions of the European Union or other international organizations.

The opening to an international dimension (the PhD course has always reserved places for foreign students), has in recent years been consolidated through the conclusion of conventions with European and non-European Universities to promote mobility and exchange of professors and doctoral candidates.

Coordinator of the PhD program: Prof. Sergio Seminara

PhD program website