Master Students in International Judicial Politics at PluriCourts, University of Oslo

Why do states give up power to international courts (ICs)? Under what conditions can ICs rule independently of powerful states? When do states choose to comply with those ruling? How do states choose to staff these courts, and how do judges behave in office? At PluriCourts, we study human rights courts, courts in the EU system, and courts and tribunals in the global investment and trade system. Would you like to join us?

PluriCourts offers office space for up to three master students in political science, international relations or peace and conflict studies, wishing to write their master thesis on a topic relevant to the Center.

Successful applicants are expected to submit their master thesis in May 2019. As a member of our team, you will get access to a computer and share office with other young researchers. We can provide you with advice and data on the exciting topic of ICs. In exchange, we expect you to contribute with your research, including a presentation to other PluriCourts researchers. We welcome master theses applying both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

PluriCourts is an interdisciplinary research center at the University of Oslo, devoted to studying international courts (ICs) from a legal, philosophical and political science perspective. One of the most striking developments in international politics has been the legalization and judicialization of affairs that used to be dealt with by bargaining states. Courts are increasingly ‘speaking law to power’, both globally and in many regions of the world. More recently, however, the rise of judicial power on the international scene has been subject to much criticism and backlash, as evident by the Brexit debate in the UK.


The applications should including the following:

  • A project outline for the master thesis of 3-5 pages, including a realistic time schedule and one or more research questions. Note: based on supervision by competent staff at PluriCourts the project outline of successful applicants may subsequently be revised.
  • Transcript(s) of university level grades.
  • CV

Applicants will be selected based on the quality of their research proposal and previous academic results. For applying to this position, please fill in this form.

Deadline for application: April 30, 2018



The following requirements will apply to you as a student at PluriCourts:

  • Complete your master thesis within the stipulated time frame.
  • Contribute actively to the research collegium at PluriCourts.
  • Have your daily work place at PluriCourts.
  • Be willing to present your work at a PluriCourts seminar.

Feel free to contact Prof. Daniel Naurin with any further questions!

Published Feb. 28, 2018 2:59 PM - Last modified Mar. 1, 2018 11:35 AM