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The Lauterpacht Centre welcomes academic visitors and Postgraduate students from around the world bringing a mutual research benefit to the individual, their host and the Centre. Visitors are a key aspect of the Centre’s activity who stay for periods varying from eight weeks to a year.

Visitors have the opportunity to pursue their own research in a tranquil and congenial atmosphere where they can also meet with other visiting scholars and Centre Fellows. Whilst at the Centre, visitors are encouraged to participate in the Centre's activities. There are usually between 15 and 20 visitors at any one time.

Centre Activities

Visiting scholars are invited to attend the Centre’s regular term time Friday Lunchtime Lectures given by visiting speakers and followed by discussion. The Centre also arranges other occasional meetings and conferences, most notably the annual Hersch Lauterpacht Memorial Lecture and the Eli Lauterpacht Lecture.  

During their stay visitors take turn to share their ideas and research with fellow visitors through weekly round table sessions. They are also welcome to attend open lectures and talks on international law and related subjects within the University.

LLM lectures at the Faculty of Law are not open to visitors. Occasional attendance may be permitted subject to the approval of the lecturer concerned. 


All Visitors are allocated a desk (bench space) which is equipped with a PC, internet connection and a University IT account. Wi-Fi is available throughout the buildings.

Visitors can apply for access to the University Library and Squire Law Library, which maintains one of the largest legal collections (both printed and electronic) in the UK. The Faculty of Law and the Squire Law Library are approximately a five-minute walk from the Centre.

Language Proficiency and Visa requirements

The work of the Centre is conducted in English. 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). Postgraduate student visitors are required to submit proof of English competence. 

It is the responsibility of all visitors to apply for the correct visa if required for entry to the UK.

UK Visas and Immigration provides advice on visa applications and timescales.


Please email if there are any further queries.