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The Lauterpacht Centre welcomes academic visitors from around the world 

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

Research

Visitors come to pursue their own research in a tranquil and congenial atmosphere where they have an opportunity to meet with other scholars and to discuss matters with the Centre’s Fellows. Or they may come simply 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 the Centre's activities.

Sharing ideas and research

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

"Cambridge has the secret sauce that no one can seem to replicate. You instantly find yourself laser-focused. Everything you need to accomplish with your visit goals is there, and there is no excuse not to get things done. Perhaps it’s something in the Centre’s special 11 am coffee?! Whatever it is – it works! I have never been so focused on my PhD Thesis. It was an absolutely delightful stay, and most importantly – an incredibly productive one. The staff are just fantastic – super helpful and quick to solve any issues you may have. Recommend the Lauterpacht Centre visit without any reservations."

Denis Parchajev, Queen Mary University of London – June 2022


"While the Lauterpacht Centre offers a rich selection of research materials and resources, the highlight of my stay were undoubtedly the people I met. I fondly think back to the friendly encounters, conversations and inspiring discussions. The sense of community and productive atmosphere at the Centre helped me a lot to focus on my research and enabled me to make great progress in a short time. Overall, I had a wonderful time at the Lauterpacht Centre. Due to its stimulating and welcoming environment, the Centre is the perfect place for a research stay."

Philip Nedelcu, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich - July 2022

 


 

Visitors roundtable talk at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law

Application guidelines

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

  • Applicants should first make an initial enquiry to the Centre by emailing their research objectives to visitors@lcil.cam.ac.uk. If research objectives 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).
  • 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. 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


Visiting Fellow Talk at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law“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!”

Dr Andreas Kulick, University of Tübingen/University of Potsdam