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Joint Doctoral Programme in Law, Economics and Business

Joint Doctoral Programme in Law, Economics and Business

2020-2021 academic year

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Joint Doctoral Programme in Law, Economics and Business
Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences , Faculty of Law
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Why a Doctoral degree in Law, Economics and Business?

Studies included in the doctoral programme in Law, Economics and Business:

  • they offer high quality research training to enable participants to undertake a career in research and/or teaching in academic institutions, research centres, higher education schools, businesses, consultancy firms and/or government organisations;
  • they enable the development of research skills that ensure students are able to coordinate and undertake the research itself;
  • they generate new knowledge, both in basic and applied research, and
  • they invigorate the research activity in the fields of law, economics and business.

Why study in Girona or Vic

  • Although Girona and Vic are relatively small Universities, the Doctoral Programme enjoys the collaboration of nationally and internationally recognised research groups.
  • Because the Departments of Law, Economics and Business are small, doctoral students receive individual and personalised supervision.
  • With respect to the quality of life in all towns with over 10,000 inhabitants in Spain, Girona and Vic are among the top 50.
  • The joint programme in Law, Economics and Business enables doctoral students to approach questions from different perspectives if they deem it appropriate.

 skills developed by students on the Doctoral Programme in Law, Economics and Business

  • The systematic understanding of the field of study and mastery of the research skills and methods related to law, economics and business.
  • The capacity to conceive, design or create, put into practice and adopt a substantial research or creation process.
  • Capacity to contribute to expanding the borders of knowledge through original research.
  • The capacity to conduct a critical analysis and evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas
  • Capacity to communicate with the academic and scientific community and with society in general, in the field of tourism, law and business, in the languages habitually used among the international scientific community.
  • Capacity to foster, in academic and professional contexts, scientific, technological, social or cultural advances in a knowledge-based society.

Learning objectives

Studies included in the Doctoral Programme in Law, Economics and Business are geared towards training researchers in lines of research within the relevant fields of knowledge of the UdG and the UVic in accordance with the following general objectives:

  • advanced training of high-quality researchers in the fields of knowledge of the UdG and the UVic;
  • the generation and dissemination of new knowledge, both in basic and applied research, and
  • invigoration of the research activity in the fields of law, economics and business.

Lines of research

1. Judicial process and complementary or alternative means of conflict resolution

Research: Centre for Advanced Studies on Process and Justice, (CEAPJ); Current Questions of Procedural Law

Directors: Dr M. Teresa Armenta TenDr Guillem Ormazábal SánchezDr Susanna Oromí Vallllovera, Dr Sílvia Pereira Puigvert

Contact: Dr Susanna Oromí Vallllovera

2. The challenges of Public Law in the 21st century


3. Politics, Institutions and Public Policies

Research: Political Science Research Group

Directors: Dr Salvador Martí Puig, Dr Gemma Ubasart González and Dr Alberto Martín Álvarez </g>

Contact: Dr. Gemma Ubasart González

4. European and comparative Private law: Civil liability law, contract law and family law

Research: Institute of European and Comparative Private Law

Directors: Dr. Miquel Martín Casals, Dr. Jordi Ribot Igualada, Dr. Josep Solé Feliu, Dr. Albert Ruda González

Contact: Dr. Miquel Martín Casals

5. Historical and philosophical analysis of Law



6. The evolution of Commercial Law, Employment Law and immigration in the EU and Spain




7. Economic and Business Analysis



8. Enterprise, accounting and finance



9. Business organisation

Research: Advanced Research Group for Business Dynamics and the Impact of New Technologies on Organizations. GRADIENT ;; Chamber of Commerce Chair of Family Enterprises

Directors: Dr Martí Casadesús Fa, Dr M. Pilar Marquès Gou Dr Anna Arbussà Reixach, Dr Núria Arimany Serrat (*), Dr Elisenda Tarrats-Pons (*)

Contact: Dr. Anna Arbussà Reixach



10. Management and innovation in production systems

Research: Department of Organisation, Business Management and Product Design; Chair of Occupational Safety and Health; Research Group on Process, Product and Production Engineering. Grec

Directors: Dr Rudi de Castro Vila, Dr Joaquim de Ciurana Gay, Country Dr Josep Llach, Dr Gerusa Giménez Leal, Dr Xavier Ferràs Hernández (*), Dr Petra Nylund (*)

Contact: Dr. Josep Llach Pagès



11. Knowledge management and innovation

Research: Organisational networks, innovation and development of tourism strategies and tourist products (ONIT); Department of Organisation, Business Management and Product Design; Group of Analysis of the Reception of Audiovisual Screens - ARPA

Directors: Dr Jaume Guia JulveDr Andrea Bikfalvi,Dr Gerusa Giménez LealDr Josep Llach PagèsDr Maria del Carmen Echazarreta Soler (especialitat Comunicació, Publicitat i Relacions Públiques) , Dr Xavier Ferràs Hernández (*), Dr Petra Nylund (*)

Contact: Dr. Andrea Bikfalvi



12. Quantitative methods in research for economics and business

Research: Statistics, Econometrics and Health Research Group (GRECS)

Directors: Dr M. Antònia Barceló Rado, Dr Germà Coenders Gallart, Dr Marc Sáez Zafra, Dr M. Carme Saurina Canals, Dr Lluís Coromina Soler, Dr Laura Vall-llosera Casanovas, Dr Gemma Renart Vicens, Dr Laura Serra SaurinaDr Joan Carles Martori Cañas (*), Dr Ramon Oller Piqué (*), Dr Josep Lluís García Domingo (*), Dr Rafa Madariaga Sánchez (*)

Contact: Dr. Germà Coenders Gallart


The Doctoral Programme in Law, Economics and Business is governed by Royal Decree 99/2011, of 28 January, that establishes the organisation of official doctoral studies programmes. The access requirements are those set out in this Royal Decree and which can be consulted at the following web address

Admission criteria

Report by a researcher from the doctoral programme who is willing to undertake the direction or co-direction of the thesis, on the suitability of the applicant in terms of their previous education and the suitability of their research project.

In their appraisal of the candidates, the Academic Committee of the doctoral degree will also take the following aspects into account:

  • Academic record: 60%
  • Professional experience and knowledge of languages: 30%
  • Motivation and extent to which the project is aligned with one of the lines of research that make up the programme: 10%

Training courses

Regarding educational activities, the School of Doctoral Studies organises courses, seminars and other cross-disciplinary educational activities (soft skills) directed at research training and assisting with the writing and presentation of the doctoral thesis. We ask that the courses be given in English as our language of choice, although Catalan is the language most frequently used. They are generally 10-hour courses or seminars. There are a series of activities that are transferable and are of interest to all doctoral programmes, and others that are specific to a particular doctoral programme 

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Compulsory training for doctoral students


Doctoral Programme in Law, Economics and Business

Compulsory education:  20 h. of cross-disciplinary education to be chosen from the courses offered by the School of Doctoral Studies. 

The Academic Committee considers it highly advisable to attend one of the following courses:

  • "Defining, writing and publishing doctoral works on Economics and Business".
  • “Writing and publishing a doctoral thesis in Law"

All doctoral-degree programme courses on the following one link

Requirements for presenting the thesis as a compendium of publications

Option 1) Minimum of 3 articles, of which one must be published or accepted for publication in a journal from the first or second quartile of the JCR-WOS or the SCOPUS.

Option 2) Minimum of 3 articles, of which two must be published or accepted for publication in a journal from any quartile of the JCR-WOS or the SCOPUS, or the two first quartiles of the IN-RECS, INRECJ or ERIH, or the Latindex catalogue (30/33 for printed journals and 32/36 for electronic journals).



The Doctoral Programme in Law Economics and Business (DEE) organises a seminar for its doctoral students. The doctoral students have the possibility of presenting either their research project or the status of the research project which is already under way. Following this there will be a discussion with the attendees of the seminar and the members of the Academic Committee of the Law, Economics and Business programme. 

The seminar is open to all teachers at the UdG and to all the doctoral students on the Law, Economics and Business programme. The participation of the students is voluntary, except in the cases referred to in point two of the following paragraph. The seminars will be organised yearly at the end of each academic year. 

The organisation of the seminars has a twofold purpose: On the one hand, to give general academic support to doctoral students. On the other hand, students who ask for an extension in order to enrol on the fourth or fifth year of their doctoral studies (full-time students) or on the sixth or seventh year (part-time students) must present the status of their research at the seminar. In these circumstance, where an extension is requested, a written presentation is not considered to be sufficient. Instead, it needs to be accompanied by an oral presentation at the aforementioned seminar. This not only enables the doctoral student to receive external feedback on their work, it also provides the Academic Committee with information on which to base their decision with regard to the requested extension.Alternatively, doctoral students can provide evidence of having presented the status of their work at some other seminar organised by a department, by a research institute, by a research group or by a faculty of the UdG