Vienna Doctoral Academy: "Communicating the Law - Innovative Approaches to Law and Society"


The VDA “Communicating the Law” aims at training, supporting and offering new opportunities to young legal scholars who have already shown a serious commitment to legal research and whose work is of such excellent quality that its results are worthy of international academic attention. Participants will be supported in their independent research by additional training, by regular peer review on various levels and by the challenge to produce texts for and edit a high level law journal, the University of Vienna Law Review, which addresses an international scholarly public. The fact that the academy will bring together doctoral candidates and professors from all different legal and related disciplines is an essential quality of the programme: it calls for a transdisciplinary perspective in which the members of the group are not confined to traditionally established narrow borders of specific legal disciplines.



  • additional training measures (lectures, workshops)
  • interdisciplinary academic impulses though VDA lectures or conferences
  • regular peer review sessions (“Socratics”)
  • publication of the University of Vienna Law Review (VLR)


Target group 

The student group addressed by the VDA “Communicating the Law” comprises both excellent students from the “regular” doctoral program in law (Dr. iuris) and the newly established doctoral branch of Interdisciplinary Legal Studies (PhD). The VDA is also be open to excellent doctoral students from other fields working on projects with a specific (interdisciplinary) legal perspective, for instance social scientists, (legal) historians, (legal) philosophers, students from the languages and cultural studies, economists etc.