There are very good options for developing PhD projects within WELMA's research themes. Below you will find a few examples of topics for PhD projects of current interest.


Committees of inquiry – an investigative hybrid between law and politics (“Undersøgelseskommissioner”).

What have been the outputs of the committees of inquiry that have been put into action by the Danish Parliament/the Government since 1999 as to the clarification and evolution of legal norms directed to Danish civil servants and Danish Cabinet ministers? Is the current legal framework (“Lov om undersøgelseskommissioner”) an adequate normative basis for the committees? What are the parallel experiences from other European countries?

Contact person: Michael Gøtze, professor, in collaboration with Jens Elo Rytter, professor,

Selvinkriminering - retten til tavshed (In Danish)

Hvor vigtigt er selvinkrimineringsprincippet og hvad betyder det i praksis?

Der ønskes en juridisk analyse på tværs af retsområder, f.eks. forvaltningsret, strafferet og menneskeret og andre relevante retsområder.

Også komparative undersøgelser kan indgå.

Kontaktpersoner: Michael Gøtze, WELMA, og Trine Baumbach, CORA,


Collaboration Project on the Impact of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union on Direct and Indirect Taxation

The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (hereinafter the “Charter”) is relatively new as it entered into force in connection with the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty on 1 December 2009. With effect from that date the Charter became legally binding with the same legal value as the Treaties themselves pursuant to Article 6(1) in the Treaty on the European Union (TEU).

Read the full description on FIRE - Research Group for Fiscal Relations

Development in the relation between citizen and public authorities in the welfare state

Empirical research in the meeting between the citizen and professionals in the modern, western welfare states show, that professional public actors has gone from being  ”experts” to obtaining a role as “facilitators”. In regards to citizens, values as responsibility, freedom, efficiency, empowerment and self-help are also increasingly being promoted. A cross-cutting analyses of e.g. labour law, social security law, health law and other welfare law areas could shed light on the extend to which this transformation of actor roles are enshrined in legislation and in the development of the relation between citizens and the state. This could e.g. be a historical, legal analysis of legal regulation and case law with a focus on the relation between state and citizen from the rice of the welfare stat until today. Which roles are assigned to the state/the citizen? Which kind of responsibility is allocated to them, how should they in practise fulfil these obligations, and which emphasis is paid to citizen involvement.

Contact persons: Post.doc. Ida Helene Asmussen or professor Mette Hartlev

Use of IT in the health care services – welfare economy, public health and the citizens right to privacy and self-determination

Information technology has been increasingly integrated in the health care services. IT is both seen as a means to ensure better quality and safety in patient care as well as a more efficiently functioning health care services. Patient data are routinely being registered on various platforms, which provides for the further use of such data for e.g. planning, quality assurance and research. Health data may also be of interest in other areas; e.g. in regards to social security benefits, at the labour market, in insurance relations etc. New health apps, which enables the individual to store various health related data, could also potentially give private companies an economically profitably insight in personal data. Finally, it is anticipated, that data – including genomic data – could pave the way for “personalized medicine”. This development raises the issue of how to balance the interests of society and private business and the individual’s right to privacy and self-determination. Is the existing legal (and ethical) infrastructure suitable to address this development?

Contact person: Professor Mette Hartlev