The doctoral programme in Commercial Law focuses on two specific areas: International Tax Law and Company Law, both often in combination with EC Law. The doctoral programme in Commercial law is small but successful and so far 8 doctors have graduated in commercial law. At the moment we have 7 doctoral students enrolled in the programme.

Doctoral studies in the Commercial Law programme comprise a total of 240 credit points [120 credits for the licentiate exam, respectively], 30 [30] credit points of coursework and 210 [90] credit points for the doctoral thesis [licentiate thesis], which normally requires four [two] years (48 months) of full-time study.

Coursework for doctoral studies in Commercial Law includes 30 credit points/ECTS credits of broadening and/or deepening elective courses. The courses consist of jurisprudence, law theory, and in-depth studies within the subject of the thesis. JIBS offers some courses but doctoral students are also encouraged to increase their selection of elective courses by taking advantage of doctoral courses at other universities.

The thesis should mainly deal with international tax law, readily in combination with, for example EC law and company law. The international profile of JIBS and the emphasis on small and medium-sized enterprises should be considered. Within the field of International tax law JIBS has created a milieu for research.

A doctoral student is required and expected to participate in research seminars given at JIBS, including research proposal seminars and regular research seminars. The doctoral student is also required to act as opponent at another doctoral student's research proposal seminar and is expected to present his or her own work at different seminars and conferences throughout the doctoral programme. It is compulsory for the doctoral student to give at least two different presentations at seminars, i.e. the research proposal seminar and the final seminar.

Doctoral students are encouraged to spend part of their studies (normally one term) at another university in order to take postgraduate courses and/or work with their thesis.

For more information about the doctoral programme in Commercial Law please see the dtudy plan for the subject.