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The Centre was founded in 1983 by Sir Elihu Lauterpacht. It moved in 1985 to its current premises in a fine Victorian family house with a large garden at No. 5 Cranmer Road, five minutes walk from the Faculty of Law.

A new wing was added to the building in 1996 which houses the Finley Library and the Snyder Study Room. In 2002 the Centre acquired the adjoining house and garden at No. 7 Cranmer Road which has been refurbished into lecture and conference facilities and accommodation for visiting fellows.

In 1996 the University of Cambridge renamed the Centre the Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law in honour of both Sir Hersch and Sir Elihu Lauterpacht to mark their distinguished contribution to international law at Cambridge.

The Centre has been able to develop into what it is today due to the vision of Sir Elihu Lauterpacht and its many generous benefactors.

5 Cranmer Road

5 Cranmer Road, Cambridge

5 Cranmer Road

Bahrain House, 7 Cranmer Road

Bahrain House, 7 Cranmer Road


The Finley Library




The Snyder Study shared desk space

Bahrain Library shared desk space

Bahrain Study shared desk space

A single study room 

Typical bedroom in Bahrain House

The Old Library

The Old Library

Summer Garden Party 2019

Coffee time in the garden

New Visitors' Welcome Coffee

Sir Eli Lauterpacht's favourite cake!

Lauterpacht Centre garden