Yes, absolutely – because a researcher is studying the defence of rights which are protected in the European system just as by nationals rules.
Did you face any difficulty during your thesis ? If so, which ones ?
I think there are three hard things to go through. First, social isolation. Then, finding a research funding. Finally, the lack of understanding of the merits of a PhD on the job market.
How did you face them ?
Speaking with colleagues, or thesis advisor helps getting out social isolation. And sometimes, you just need time to mature and make your thinking evolve. About finding a research funding and understanding of the degree’s value on job market, some significant improvement can be brought by a better image of the PhD outside the university community and a better professional integration of doctors of law in firms and international organisations.
See other parts of the interview:
- Values in the case law of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) – Interview of Charlotte Blanc-Fily, part. 1
- Defending values in the ECHR’s case law – Interview of Charlotte Blanc-Fily, part 2
Charlotte Blanc-Fily holds a PhD in public law from the University of Montpellier.