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Central Asian Legal Research Fellowship

Central Asian Legal Research Fellowship (CALR) Fellowship is open 
for 2022/2023 Academic Year in Uzbekistan

Tashkent State University of Law (TSUL) CALR Fellowship encompasses a broad range of emerging legal issues concerning Central Asian countries.

I. The Fellowship position and its purpose

The aim of the fellowship is to conduct research on issues related to the legal reforms in Central Asian countries, with particular attention to present and future challenges in the theory of law, legislation and legal innovations.

In the forthcoming years, TSUL will carry out several activities, with particular attention to:

1. creating a network with other law universities and research centers studying similar subjects;

2. searching for funds necessary to carry out innovative and far-reaching national and international research projects;

3. organizing an annual conference, at the end of the year, to draw a summary of past year’s research activities and establish research lines for the upcoming year;

4. publication of collaborative research works and editing (books and articles) on relevant topics;

5. organizing events to bring together legal scholars and experts of Central Asia, in order to carry forward the most challenging and interesting research lines.

Therefore, the TSUL invites foreign researchers and faculty members to submit a formal request for a Fellowship position (“Fellow") at Center for Legal Initiatives and Innovations of TSUL (The Center). We are particularly looking for candidates whose significant professional and/or academic experience revolves around the topic related to the legislation and legal reforms in Central Asian countries.

II. Research areas:

1. Theory of Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

2. Bankruptcy (Insolvency) Law

3. Business (Corporate) Law

4. Civil (Private) Law

5. Environmental Law

6. Intellectual Property Law, Cyber Law, AI Law

7. International Public and Private Law

8. Labor (Employment) Law

9. Tax Law

10. Cross-Disciplinary Legal Studies

The principal aim of the call for applications for a Fellowship position is to foster the advancement in the abovementioned research areas.

Applications are open to remote and non-resident candidates, including compatriots-vatandosh researchers (Uzbek academicians working in foreign universities or research centers).

Selected Fellows will be involved in collaborative research activities of TSUL, as well as in one of the research areas mentioned above.

In particular, the Fellow will enjoy the following benefits:

1. Constant coordination and dialogue with the entire research team and departments of the TSUL to ensure a scientific update on the investigated topics;

2. Participation in internal events and seminars that are only reserved for the research teams of the TSUL;

3. Publishing articles or studies through the channels made available by the TSUL, both online and in print, or other multimedia content (podcasts, videos);

4. Being timely updated on the research lines that will be initiated by the researchers of the TSUL.

The Fellow position will have a duration of 1 (one) academic year. The position is NOT remunerated in any way.

III. Admission requirements

Applicants are required to hold a PhD degree in law, have at least h-1 index in Scopus abstract and citation database and have published articles in Scopus or Web of Science indexed journals.

For an application to be considered, applicants must submit a curriculum vitae proving meaningful professional and/or academic activities.

Selection criteria

For the purposes of awarding the Fellowship position, the following criteria will be considered to generate a ranking list:

1.   Curriculum vitae (max. points awarded 10)

2.   English language proficiency (only for non-native speakers, max. points awarded 8);

3.   Candidate motivations (max. points awarded 12).

Candidates earning at least 16 points will be declared eligible for a position.

Applicants who score at least 16 points will be declared eligible for one position. Given the many activities of the Center, 20 positions are planned for the first year.

IV. Application procedure and deadlines; required documentation

Potential applicants should send their applications via email to the following email addresses:

PDF format is especially appreciated.

Applications must be completed and submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. GMT on October 2, 2022.

At the discretion of the TSUL researchers, applicants will also be interviewed, via remote video call and/or in-person depending on personal needs.

V. Announcement of selected Fellows

The Committee will review the documents submitted by the candidates according to the following criteria listed below.

The results will be posted on the official website in two-week’s time and sent via e-mail to successful candidates.

First-year Fellows’ activities will begin on Oct 5, 2022, and end on August 20, 2023.

VI. Compliance required after the Fellowship position is awarded

The Fellowship will not be remunerated. Therefore, Fellows shall only be committed to contribute, on a regular basis and in the manner deemed appropriate, to the advancement of research activities in our fields. Any activity of the Fellow must first pass the scrutiny of the Professors of the TSUL. Any activity of the Fellow shall not harm, in any way, the image of the TSUL, or the scientific rigor requested.

In particular, the Fellow is expected to take part in the following activities:

1.   Participation in 1 (one) monthly (online) meeting held by the Team Leader, at which exchanges will be activated regarding the most important updates on the relevant discipline, in particular on community, regional and local issues;

2.   Publication of a scientific article or content each quarter in venues that will be agreed upon with the research referees;

3.   Participation in state-of-the-art research and publication activities, such as white papers, patent applications etc.

4. Successful fellows also will enjoy a two-week in-person part of the program financed by TSUL. In this case, fellows who have submitted an article for publication in a Scopus or Web of Science indexed journal will be considered as successful fellows.

Selected Fellows will also be strongly encouraged to participate in the following activities:

Every 3 (three) months, the center will conduct an individual evaluation to ascertain whether the above compliance criteria are still met by the selected Fellow.

1.   Networking activities with other research centers dedicated to the same problems and topics;

2.   Organization of conferences and/or seminars and/or events and/or workshops.

At the end of the fellowship, TSUL will organize a two-week visit to Uzbekistan for Fellows. During this period visiting Fellows will be engaged in various scientific events at TSUL and will enjoy a tour to the ancient cities of Uzbekistan (Samarqand, Bukhara, Khiva).

This two-week visit will be fully financed by TSUL, including transportation costs (airfare, travel fares during the tour), accommodation and related other costs.

VII. Relinquishing or revoking a Fellowship position

If a Fellowship winner, after being awarded, is unable to participate in his or her program due to any personal problems, he or she should simply communicate his or her relinquishment of the title of Fellow to the following email address:

The title of Fellow will be revoked at the absolute discretion of the Professors for the following reasons: i) inactivity; ii) behaving in violation of the Departments research lines, required scientific rigor, or the Departments reputation or image.

  • Contacts

For any enquiries, please contact:

Behruz Shamsutdinov,

Head of the Department, Center for

Legal Initiatives and Innovations,

Tashkent State University of Law