About the Centre

The Lauterpacht Centre is part of the Faculty of Law and the scholarly home of international law at the University of Cambridge. In this role, it seeks to provide both a framework and forum for critical and constructive thought about the function, content and working of law in the international community as well as to develop an appreciation of international law as an applied body of rules and principles. The Centre enjoys a congenial and relaxed atmosphere, providing the perfect space for social and intellectual interchange.

International law is a major aspect of the Law Faculty's teaching programme at undergraduate, LLM and research level. The Director, Deputy Director and other Fellows of the Centre teach in the Faculty and Colleges.

The Centre's objectives are

  • To promote the development of international law through research and publication
  • To serve as a forum for the discussion of current events and issues in international law
  • To provide an intellectual home in Cambridge for scholars of international law from around the world to pursue their research in a stimulating and congenial atmosphere

What does the Centre do?

  • Holds weekly lectures during term time for students and visitors on topical issues in international law and international relations by leading practitioners and academics, as well as hosting seminars on topical and pressing issues of international law
  • Publishes important international law texts and case reports
  • Conducts a number of its own research projects and provides a base for others.
  • Provides facilities and accommodation for visiting researchers from around the world to further their own research
  • Maintains an international law library which includes source and other archival materials.

A regular newsletter called 'From the Director' is issued regularly by the Centre Director and an Annual Report detailing the Centre's activities and developments is also published.

The Centre is governed by a Management Committee and run on a day-to-day basis by the Director and the administration team.

Information on visiting the Centre, including guidance on how to get here is also available.

The Centre is committed to ensuring the health and safety of its staff, research fellows and others present on its premises as far as is reasonably practicable. The Centre's Health & Safety Policy can be viewed here: