Starting from the 2021-2022 school year, the Union University School of Law in Belgrade (UUSL) will organize and implement a new accredited Doctoral Academic Studies / PhD Programme in Law (SJD). Its completion leads to obtaining an academic title of a SJD (Doctor in Law), aka PhD in Law.

The overall aim of this SJD/PhD study programme is development of legal science, critical thinking and education of professionals able to implement original and scholarly relevant research individually, contributing thus to general social development and critically assessing research of other scholars. The specific aim of this programme is to train students in legal scholarly research along the lines of contemporary international academic and scientific standards and quality parameters used in the European university-level educational institutions. The structure of the study programme reflects an effort to provide for a larger-scale generation and transmission of knowledge at the third-degree study level in the field of legal science in line with the so-called society of knowledge ideal, the one perceiving precisely PhD studies as the way and means to integrate university-level education and scientific research. Education of highly competent legal professionals – those who will expand the boundaries of the legal science in their own research, improving thus the legal practice, too – is an important social task that UUSL has been fulfilling by delivering its SJD/PhD study programme for two decades now.

Eligibility

Anyone completing a second degree university level academic studies programme in law, humanities or relevant social sciences, as well as any of the studies listed below, is eligible for the SJD/PhD:

  • Master Academic Studies (MA/LLM) which, together with the prior undergraduate studies, amount to 300 ECTS credits; or
  • Integrated studies amounting to min. of 300 ECTS credits; or
  • The four-year Undergraduate Programme in Law with a university level law school acc. to regulations before the 2005 Higher Education Law entered into force.

A person with prior education in humanities or relevant social sciences may be enrolled into the DASL with an obligation to pass additional exams.

A person with an MA in law, humanities or other relevant social sciences may enroll the SJD under special conditions.

Priority will be given to persons with a higher average score at their prior studies, as well as proven scientific research study implementation capacity.

SJD/PhD Activities by Semesters and Years (in ECTS Credits) with Lists of Elective Subjects and Transferrable Knowledge and Skills

Year One

Activities ACTIVE TEACHING (AT)

Lesson No./ Week

Total AT Other ECTS
L* ARS**
Semester I
Theory of law with academic / scientific research methodology 4 2 90 12
Introduction to academic / scientific research methodology
Seminar (the student chooses one of the two):
– Public law specificities
– Private law specificities
1 8 135 12
Elective subject I*** 5 75 10
Total semester I 10 10 300 34
Semester II
Transferrable knowledge

and skills I****

2 4 90 6
Elective subject II 5 75 10
Seminar – Legal reading classics 2 7 135 10
Annual progress report
Total semester II 9 11 300 26

Year Two

Activities ACTIVE TEACHING (AT)

Lesson No./ Week

Total AT Other ECTS
L ARS
Semester III
Elective subject III 5 75 10
Transferrable knowledge

and skills II

2 4 90 6
Individual ARS – Preparation, writing an academic paper and its publication 9 (a research study paper re. the doctoral thesis) 135 10
Total semester III 7 13 300 26
Semester IV
Elective subject IV 5 75 10
Individual ARS by the student’s choice 6 (research study re. the doctoral thesis) 90 9
Preparation and defense of the doctoral thesis 9 (research study re. the doctoral thesis) 135 15
Registering / approval of the doctoral dissertation topic
Annual progress report
Total semester IV 5 19 300 34

Year Three

Activities ACTIVE TEACHING (AT)

Lesson No./ Week

Total AT Other ECTS
L ARS
Semester V
Preparation and writing of the doctoral thesis  20 (research study re. the doctoral thesis) 300 30
Research study progress report
Total semester V 20 300 30
Semester VI
Research study progress report
Writing and defending the doctoral thesis 20 (research study re. the doctoral thesis) 300 30
Total semester VI 20 300 30

*L – Lectures

**ARS – Academic research study.

Curriculum / Subjects

Mandatory subject: Theory of law with academic research methodology (Marko Božić, Aleksa Radonjić)

***Elective subjects list – From the nine listed, the student chooses four during the first two years of DASL acc. to his/her individual research programme and topics of the doctoral thesis:

  1. Constitutionalisam and democracy (Violeta Beširević, Marko Božić)
  2. Constitutional law theory (Bogoljub Milosavljević)
  3. Criminal law and contemporary criminality (Slađana Jovanović, Nataša Mrvić Petrović)
  4. International law and the contemporary world (Tatjana Papić)
  5. Environmental law (Mario Lukinović, Aleksandra Čavoški)
  6. The right to good governance (Bogoljub Milosavljević, Jelena Jerinić)
  7. International trade contracts (Slobodan Vukadinović, Katarina Jovičić, Sonja Bunčić)
  8. Civil procedures (Nebojša Šarkić, Milena Trgovčević Prokić)
  9. Alternative approaches to protection of rights originating from family relations (Jelena Arsić)
  10. Human rights in a medical context (Violeta Beširević, Jelena Simić)

**** Transferrable knowledge and skills list  – From the four listed, the chooses one in year one and two of his/her studies:

  1. Academic / scientific research study process management;
  2. Communication skills pertaining to academic papers publication;
  3. Communication capacities pertaining to conference participation;
  4. Critical thinking and complex problem-solving skills.

Costs

The DASL tuition fee covering all three years, aka six study semesters is 6,000 EUR. It is to be paid in annual installments of 2,000 EUR, payable in the local currency (RSD) at the middle exchange rate of the National Bank of Serbia (NBS) on the day of the payment. Besides the possibility to pay it in installments, in case the total annual tuition fee is paid at enrollment, the student is entitled to a 10 percent discount.