The EU foreign and security policy: civil and military missions

1. Name of the line of doctoral research

The EU foreign and security policy:
civil and military missions

2. UNESCO codes related to the research line
5300: Economics10: Internacional Economy
5400: Geography05: Politic Georgraphy
5500: History05: History of International Relations
5600: Legal Science and Law93: International Law
5900: Political Sciences01: International Relations
6300: Sociology04: International Problems
3. Recommended admission requirements for candidates

Candidates are interested in research on the functioning and organization of European Union policies, familiar with some of the dimensions linked to European construction. Candidates must have a B2 linguistic competence in Catalan, Spanish or English and availability in accordance with the requirements of the doctoral regime of the European Higher Education Area. Lastly, prospects preferably have a link with an entity that motivates and justifies their application.

4. Chair

Fiter i Rossell Chair of Legal and Political Sciences

5. Leading Centre

Centre of European Studies

6. Main Coordinator

Dr. Eugenio Pérez de Francisco

7. Object of Study

This line of doctoral research studies the regulatory developments generated within the framework of the European Union from the start of civil and military operations carried out in third states, and in compliance with the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) of the EU. It also aims to address the consequences that have been derived from them for the members of the Union, for third states, and for the regulation that Public International Law has established in matters of international security.

8. Hypothesis

The line of research proposes, as a general hypothesis, to demonstrate that the developments on security and defense incorporated into European Union Law have led, de facto and de jure, to a change in the position of the EU in the legal and international political context. This has been projected onto its members and has made it a decisive actor in cooperation with the competent international organizations in these fields.

9. Length

3 years

10. Analytical model

In this line, doctoral research must necessarily assume the following analytical structure in their Doctoral Research Plan:

  • Introduction
  1. Justification of the research.
  2. Presentation of the doctoral research case.
  3. Formulation of the general hypothesis and the specific ones.
  • First part
  1. Conceptualization of the CFSP and of European civil and military missions as a scientific study object.
  2. Approaches and theoretical perspectives applied in the study of the CFSP and European civil and military missions.
  3. Methodology and techniques for the analysis of the CFSP and European civil and military missions.
  4. Documentary sources and general bibliographies and specialties in the CFSP and European civil and military missions.
  • Second part
  1. Descriptive analysis of the specific legal regime applicable to the European civil or military mission object of the study case.
  2. Descriptive analysis of the European civil or military mission object of the study case.
  3. Descriptive analysis of the political and legal effects of the European civil or military mission object of the study case.
  4. Empirical analysis of the real efficiency of the European civil or military mission object of the study case.
  • Third part
  1. Conclusive analysis on the results of the European civil or military mission study case.
  2. Comparative analysis of the results of the European civil or military mission study case in relation to the other missions investigated by the doctoral research line.
  • Fourth part
  1. General and specialized bibliographic sources used in the research.
  2. Specific documentary sources used in the investigation.
11. Options of doctoral research

Initially, candidates admitted to this line of doctoral research may choose one of the following options as a case study::

  1. EUFOR ALTHEA (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
  2. EUBAM (Moldova-Ukraine)
  4. EUMM (Georgia)
  5. EULEX (Kosovo)
  6. EU NAVFOR (Indian Ocean)
  7. EUTM-EUCAP (Somalia)
  9. EUCAP SAHEL (Niger)
  10. EUBAM (Libya)
  11. EUTM RCA-EUAM RCA (Central African Republic)
  12. EUAM (Iraq)
  13. EU NAVFOR MED IRINI (Mediterranean Sea)

Study cases are going to be assigned to doctoral students by strict order of admission date and taking into account the interest or the accredited link with one or another option.

12. Specialized training

In accordance with the Doctoral Program guidelines, the doctoral research line organizes the corresponding training activity, which the doctoral students must carry out online during the first year of the program.

This specialized training allows doctoral students to gain prior knowledge of all the necessary theoretical and methodological elements to carry out their research. It is structured in seven units:

  1. Construction of the object of study.
  2. Theoretical approaches to the object of study.
  3. Research methodology and techniques.
  4. Sources of information and documentation for the investigation.
  5. Research hypothesis.
  6. Context and scope of the investigation.
  7. Structure of the investigation.
13. Scientific calls and activities

The Coordination of the line of doctoral research annually convenes a Scientific Conference to present and debate on the theoretical and methodological issues that affect the object of study of the line. These conferences are open to all doctoral students and researchers working in the same scientific field, who are invited to share their findings and engage in debates.

Likewise, at the end of the second year of the program, doctoral students can attend public events carried out by other doctoral students, which are also convened by the Coordination of the Doctoral Program.

Doctoral students can participate in public events organized by the J. H. Newman Doctoral School, such as presentations of publications or projects, conferences and debates, etc.

In addition, the Coordination of the research line informs the doctoral students of the calls that other scientific and academic entities carry out about the object of study or related fields, so that they are aware of them and can present, if appropriate, works carried out during their doctoral research.

14. Scientific Publications

The Coordination of the research line is going to provide doctoral students with a list of specialized publications and papers, to which they have to direct their proposals in order to publish their doctoral research.

15. Languages

Català / English / Español

16. Additional information

Contact details: lrd.08.def@euniv.eu

PhD regulations: https://euniv.eu/universitat/normativa/