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The Lauterpacht Centre encourages qualified applicants with interests in the broad field of public international law and organization to come to Cambridge as Visiting Fellows. 

Scholars and practitioners with other research interests, such as EU law, may wish to contact another research centre of the Faculty of Law (see

The following are some guidelines if you are considering applying to be a Visiting Fellow or Scholar:

  • Applicants should first make an initial inquiry to the Centre setting out their research objectives;
  • The Centre also accepts applications for people completing work on their PhD as visiting scholars;
  • All enquires should be sent to the Centre’s Administrator, Anita Rutherford;
  • If the research objective falls within the remit of the Lauterpacht Centre, detailed application forms and information, including information on fees will be forwarded;
  • Decisions regarding Visiting Fellow or Scholar applications are made by the Management Committee which reviews applications four times a year, usually at the start of each term.  Dates by which applications are required to be received are given in the information document but are generally towards the end of the preceding term for review at the next meeting;
  • All Visitors must have a reasonably high proficiency in spoken and written English. If English is the applicant’s second language, applicants are requested to demonstrate proficiency with a certificate of TOEFL iBT score 100 or IELTS level 7 (minimum);
  • In principle, the Centre does not accept persons enrolled for higher degrees at UK universities (including Cambridge) as Visiting Fellows or Scholars;
  • Visiting Fellows and Scholars pay a 'Centre fee' to assist in covering the cost of provision of facilities at the Centre, including computers, libraries (University of Cambridge Library and the Squire Law Library) and desk space;
  • Visiting Fellows and Scholars are encouraged to attend all open Lectures and other events that are held at the Centre. By arrangement they may also attend lectures and talks on international law and related subjects elsewhere in the University;
  • Visitors normally stay at the Centre between one term and one year, however, longer or shorter stays may be approved; 
  • The Lauterpacht Centre is not a teaching institution, and therefore does not award diplomas or certificates. Those interested in enrolling for Cambridge University degree or diploma courses in international law or international relations should contact the Faculty of Law or the Department of Politics and International Studies.