Public law has moved beyond the traditional confines of the state and Europe, evolving into a hegemonic global public law, both from an economic perspective and one of social protection. This global public law cannot be interpreted merely as a neo-liberal economic regulation of free trade since, thanks to social movements, there is also increasingly widespread recognition of social, employment, cultural, educational and other rights. This regulatory field is our object of study, as global law. The leitmotif of our lines of research is the achievement of more human security through integral security and global law.

Certainly, the new risk society includes this new conception of security: protection in all areas where a risk or hazard to citizens is detected. The United Nations concept “Human Security” is giving a more complete meaning in advanced societies to the flood of new rights and values that are taking hold globally and changing the role of the State. This new State is a regulatory one that shares protagonism with community organisations and in which the responsibility for protection against risk is also shouldered by businesses, which are expected to take an active role in prevention.

Candidate profile

The target profile is that of students with an official Master's Degree in Risks in the Community from the School of Risk Prevention and Occupational Safety (EPSI) of the UAB, a research and teaching centre specialising in the regulation of prevention as a way to achieve maximum security in the different fields of human activity.

Access is also open, however, to students with other master's degrees or studies related to prevention and security, from a legal, economic, sociological, criminological, medical or other perspective.

Applicants must therefore have recognised research experience, thorough knowledge of the concepts of security, prevention, risk, globalisation, public and private law, soft law, regulation, violence, society, the State, and the legal system, and demonstrate this through their documentation and the personal interview. Their previous studies may have been in law, political science, economics, criminology or health sciences, but their research goals must lie in prevention and integral security in a world of globalised regulation.

They must also have the ability to assimilate new knowledge and apply it to their research.

They must have a command of written English (at First Certificate level or equivalent) so as to be able to use sources in this language.

Professional opportunities

This PhD programme provides the following principal career options.

  • University career.
  • Professional specialisation as a lawyer.

Objectives and justification

This programme aims to train up experts in all aspects of management of risk regulation and science, and offer a new vision of global law that encompasses the new regulatory State and the techniques for managing and protecting human security.


Carlos Padrós Reig

Composition of the academic tribunal for the PhD programme

  • PhD programme coordinator
  • One representative from each area
  • Coordinator of the third cycle
  • Head of department


Secretariat of the Department of Public Law and Historical-Legal Sciences
(Office B2/104)
Faculty of Law. UAB
08193 Bellaterra (Cerdanyola). Barcelona
Contact: Gervasio García
Phone number: 93 581 1300


Number of places available: 10
Fees: aprox. €540 per year View detail of the PhD's fees

Languages in which the thesis may be written:
English, Spanish and Catalan
Organising universities and institutions:
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Associated departments or institutes:
Department of Public Law and Legal History Studies

Collaborating institutions:

Universitat del Mediterraneo di Reggio Calabria
Universidad UMASS Lowell de Boston
Escuela de Seguridad y Prevención Integral de la UAB.

Social Sciences and Law

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