Doctoral Student on Cross-Border Access to End-Of-Life Services in Europe KU Leuven Health Law Belgium



The Institute for Healthcare Policy (LIHP) aims to be a top research and teaching centre at international level. The LIHP focusses on healthcare management and policy research. The LIHP entails 6 domains: quality and patient safety, health systems and policies, health economics, law in healthcare, communication in health care and, ethics healthcare. The LIHP is part of the department of Public Health and Primary Care, Faculty of Medicine. The research group Personal Rights and Property Rights of the University of Antwerp conducts fundamental, policy, and practice-oriented research into private (international) law. Its core legal fields are Law of Persons and Family Law; Family Property Law; Law of Obligations; Insurance Law; Property Law; Private International Law; and Health Law, which will be the core research field for the proposed PhD.



  • You prepare a doctoral thesis in Law on the topic of cross-border access to end-of-life services in Europe (at the intersection of health law, fundamental human rights, European law and international private law).
  • The project involves an examination of the legal challenges that arise when European citizens want to access end-of-life services in another European country. The focus will be on assisted suicide tourism; euthanasia tourism; the import of suicide pills or materials; and the cross-border recognition of advance directives.
  • You publish academic articles related to the topic of cross-border access to end-of-life services in Europe.
  • You will be employed for 3 years at the Research Group Personal Rights and Property Rights of the University of Antwerp and 1 year at the Leuven Institute for Healthcare Policy of the KU Leuven.
  • You contribute to research support and provide academic services in the respective Faculties.



  • You hold a master degree in law.
  • Students in the final year of their degree can also apply.
  • You can submit outstanding academic results.
  • A strong interest in health law, fundamental human rights, European law, international private law, and/or criminal law is an asset.
  • You have a good command of English and French, and excellent academic reading and writing skills.



We offer a doctoral scholarship in a dynamic and stimulating research environment.

  • for a period of one year, renewable after positive evaluation (the total period of the scholarship is 4 years)
  • that will result in a joint PhD in Law from the University of Antwerp and KU Leuven;
  • starting at the latest on 1 September 2019



Applications may only be submitted online until the closing date of 30 April 2019. 
A pre-selection will be made from amongst the submitted applications. The remainder of the selection procedure is specific to the position and will be determined by the selection panel.

For more information please contact Prof. dr. Steven Lierman, tel.: +32 16 32 51 31, mail: or Prof. Kristof Van Assche (

You can apply for this job no later than April 30, 2019 via the online application tool

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