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Max Planck Insti­tute Lux­em­bourg

The Max Planck Insti­tute Lux­em­bourg for Pro­ced­ural Law is an Insti­tute of the Max Planck Soci­ety, which is Ger­many’s most suc­cess­ful research organ­iz­a­tion. The Insti­tute in Lux­em­bourg con­ducts research in the areas of European law of civil pro­ced­ure, inter­na­tional lit­ig­a­tion and arbit­ra­tion and dis­pute res­ol­u­tion in the fin­an­cial mar­kets.

The Max Planck Insti­tute Lux­em­bourg would like to appoint highly qual­i­fied can­did­ates as:
Postdoc­toral Researcher (m/f)


The Postdoc­toral researcher will con­trib­ute to the five-year research pro­ject “Har­mon­isa­tion of admin­is­trat­ive sanc­tions and pro­ced­ures in European Union fin­an­cial mar­kets law: devel­op­ing an European model”. The research pro­ject will ana­lyse the dif­fer­ences in sub­stant­ive and pro­ced­ural rules in the field of admin­is­trat­ive sanc­tions for viol­a­tion of European Union (EU) fin­an­cial mar­kets law. The research pro­ject will seek to determ­ine which pro­vi­sions could bene­fit from greater har­mon­isa­tion at the EU level and/or which reforms could bene­fit Mem­ber State fin­an­cial mar­kets law, with the aim of achiev­ing cred­ible deterrence. The pro­ject will focus on key selec­ted European jur­is­dic­tions (includ­ing the United King­dom) and will include an ana­lysis of the admin­is­trat­ive sanc­tion regime of the European Secur­it­ies and Mar­kets Author­ity (ESMA) and com­par­is­ons with the United States and one province of Canada (Québec). It will also include empir­ical research.

A short descrip­tion of the pro­ject is avail­able here:

Work­ing field:

The suc­cess­ful can­did­ate will con­duct legal research under the super­vi­sion of Pro­fessor Pierre-Henri Conac - Max Planck Fel­low at the MPI, Lux­em­bourg and Pro­fessor of Fin­an­cial Mar­kets Law at the Uni­versity of Lux­em­bourg. She/He will work on sub­stant­ive EU and national fin­an­cial reg­u­la­tion regard­ing admin­is­trat­ive sanc­tions and pro­ced­ures, with a view on how to achieve cred­ible deterrence.

You will also be able to work, with the author­isa­tion of Pro­fessor Pierre-Henri Conac, on your own pub­lic­a­tions in the field of fin­an­cial mar­kets law.


  • Mas­ter degree in Law and a PhD degree with out­stand­ing res­ults
  • A deep know­ledge of the can­did­ate’s domestic fin­an­cial mar­kets (even if non-EU Mem­ber State) and of EU fin­an­cial mar­kets law
  • Good know­ledge of national crim­inal law would be an advant­age
  • Pro­fi­ciency in Eng­lish is com­puls­ory (writ­ten & oral); other lan­guage skills (not­ably French and/or Ger­man and/or Italian) are an advant­age

What we of­fer:

  • The MPI Lux­em­bourg offers an inter­est­ing work­ing envir­on­ment within an inter­na­tional team of research­ers in the heart of Europe
  • Access to its note­worthy lib­rary to foster legal research activ­it­ies
  • Salary and social bene­fits accord­ing to the Lux­em­bour­gish legal require­ments

How to ap­ply:

If you are inter­ested in join­ing our Insti­tute, please apply online on our web­site until 01 June 2021: