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Visiting academics and PhD candidates are a key aspect of the Centre’s activities and come from all over the world to stay for a period of research.


The Visiting Fellowship programme is open to scholars wishing to undertake research in all areas of public international law. Visitors come to pursue their own research in a peaceful and congenial atmosphere where they have an opportunity to meet other scholars and Centre Fellows. Or they may come to spend a period in quiet reading. Visitors are left to get on with their work in the manner that best suits them but also encouraged to take part in Centre activities.

Sharing ideas and research

Visitor Feedback

"My visiting research stay at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law has been a tremendously enriching experience, both professionally and personally. It has given me the privilege to be part of a vibrant community of passionate and inspiring people sharing the same passion for international law. Professionally, it has allowed me to enter into dialogue with experts in the field and get insightful feedback on my PhD, which has definitely helped me to take my research to the next level. Noteworthy in this regard are the weekly Visiting Research Roundtables, in which visiting researchers can present their research and get feedback from peers. Moreover, the numerous seminars, conferences, workshops, and other research activities organised by both the Centre and the Faculty of Law also contributed to the broadening of my general knowledge of international law and to getting acquainted with topics I was less familiar with. Gathering experts from around the world, my stay at the Centre also proved a unique chance to broaden my professional network. Apart from its academic excellence, the Lauterpacht community is, above all, characterised by the kindness and helpfulness of its members, both academic fellows and administrative personnel, making the Centre a warm and inspiring place to stay." (Lent Term 2024)


Philip Nedelcu, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich - July 2022"The Lauterpacht Centre for International Law is a fantastic place to conduct research and truly progress in a research project. The way that the Centre is organized sets it apart from other research centres. The coffee meeting encourages people to come together and share ideas every morning. Every week, the Visiting Fellows’ talks allow a more formal forum to discuss methodology, research findings and perspectives on International Law. The opportunity to share ideas with the Fellows and Visiting Researchers has greatly enhanced my own perspectives. Beyond that, I have to highlight how much the staff of the Centre is supportive and how much they contribute to a fantastic environment. Overall, fantastic people, a wonderful atmosphere, and access to all the materials one would need to research international law. Undoubtedly, a world-class place to conduct research." (Summer 2023)


Visitors roundtable talk at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law Visiting Fellow presenting in the Finley/Berkowitz Lecture Hall

Application guidelines

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

  • Applicants should email their research objectives to If they fall within the remit of the Centre, more information will be sent;
  • The Centre accepts applications for students completing work on their PhD;
  • Decisions regarding applications are made by the Committee of Management;
  • The work of the Centre is conducted in English. Visitors who are not proficient in English will experience difficulty in sharing fully in the life of the Centre. A good standard of English-language competence is required in line with the standards set by the Faculty of Law for PhD students (currently, an IELTS score of 7.5, or an iTOEFL score of 110 with minimum levels set in each element). Further information on requirements: PhD in Law | Postgraduate Admissions (
  • 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 fee to assist in covering the cost of provision of facilities at the Centre. This includes computers, libraries (University of Cambridge Library and the Squire Law Library) and desk space. The Centre is not in a position to provide financial assistance. All visitors must have the means to support themselves for the duration of their stay;
  • It is the Visiting Fellow's/Scholar's responsibility to apply for the correct visa if a visa is required for entry to the UK; 
  • 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;
  • The Lauterpacht Centre is not a teaching institution, and 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.

Photos of the Lauterpacht Centre and its facilities