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The Lauterpacht Centre welcomes academic visitors from around the world whose stay will be of mutual research benefit to the individual, their host and the Centre.

The reception of visitors, particularly from overseas, is a key aspect of the Centre’s activity.  Visiting academics (Visiting Fellows) and visiting PhD candidates (Visiting Scholars) are welcomed for periods varying from about eight weeks to a year. There are usually between 12 and 17 visitors at any one time. Visitors come from many countries including: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Iran, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sudan, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK and the United States.

Visitors come to pursue their own research in a tranquil and congenial atmosphere where they have an opportunity to meet with other scholars in the field and to discuss matters with the Centre’s Fellows.  Or they may come simply to spend a period in quiet reading. Visitors will be left to get on with their work in the manner that best suits them, but they are also encouraged to participate fully in any Centre activities, especially the Friday lunchtime lectures, that may be of interest to them.  


Visitors to the Centre also take it in turns during their stay to share their ideas and research with fellow visitors through weekly round table talks. They may also attend open lectures and talks on international law and related subjects elsewhere within the University.

“I was lucky enough to spend two months at the Centre but wish it could have been longer! The Centre’s facilities and academic environment were extremely conducive to my PhD research – especially the online access to literature and research facilities in the Squire Law Library were truly amazing. Visitors come to the Centre from all over the world so it was great to meet up over coffee time and to hear about their research too.” Shpetim Bajrami, Bucerius Law School, Hamburg – July 2019​


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;
  • All enquiries should be sent to the Centre’s Administrator, Anita Rutherford;
  • If research objectives fall within the remit of the Centre, more information will be sent;
  • Decisions regarding Visiting Fellow or Scholar applications are made by the Committee of Management which reviews applications four times a year, usually at the start of each term;  
  • 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).
  • 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. The Centre is not in a position to provide financial assistance to Visiting Fellows or Scholars. 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. The UK Border Agency's website provide advice on visa applications and timescales.
  • 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 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.

Photos of the Lauterpacht Centre and its facilities

“I have been a returning visitor to the Lauterpacht Centre for the fourth time now. The Centre provides the perfect combination of a focused working environment, beautiful premises and vibrant intellectual atmosphere. The coffee breaks, lunchtime lectures and visiting fellows round tables are excellent opportunities for stimulating discussions and inspiring exchanges with other visiting fellows, LCIL fellows and other academics from all over the world. Every visit here, I am very productive, get a lot of work done and receive ideas for new projects. I highly recommend a visit - and I can’t wait until my next one!” - Andreas Kulick, Senior Research Fellow, Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen/Cologne University