The British Institute of International and Comparative Law welcomes applications from international legal academics and scholars to conduct their own research whilst based in London. The objectives of the Visiting Research Fellowship are to provide scholars with an opportunity to have a base in London to carry out independent research work - which should be closely linked with that of the Institute, its research fellows, and its ongoing research programme - whilst benefiting from working in proximity with the Institute's permanent research staff.
Visiting Research Fellows are provided for the duration of their stay with a shared work station, computer and, if relevant, BIICL email address. In return, a small 'bench fee' of £150 a month is charged to cover administration costs. The Visiting Research Fellow will be expected to present a seminar, if requested, and to engage appropriately with Institute events. The Visiting Research Fellow will be expected to take out Institute membership.
Please note that applicants must ensure that they are legally entitled to work in the UK in order to be considered for a Visiting Fellowship. Applicants currently in the UK on a tourist visa are not eligible for the Visiting Fellowship Programme.
To apply for a Visiting Research Fellowship, in the first instance please email the following information to the General Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org:
- A brief biographical note;
- A brief summary of the research you intend to carry out whilst at BIICL;
- A short reference from an academic institution, professional body or similar; and
- The proposed length of stay.
Applicants should note that the visiting fellows programme is designed principally for researchers who hold a PhD or have equivalent experience in practice. Only in exceptional circumstances will applications be considered from those presently engaged in PhD studies who do not also have extensive practical experience.
Current Visiting Fellows of the Institute are as follows:
- Dr George Barker, Director, Centre for Law and Economics, Australian National University
- Dr Johanne Cox, Assistant Professor of Law, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar
- Professor Dr. Matthias Lehmann, Managing Director of the Institute for Private International and Comparative Law, University of Bonn
- Klara Polackova Van der Ploeg, Attorney-at-Law, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
- Prof Michael Ramsden, Associate Professor of International Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong
- Maliheh Rezaeizadeh, Attorney at Law in Iran and Researcher in Public Law
- Dr Abrak Saati, Senior Researcher at the Department of Political Science, Umea University. Read here about Dr Saati's involvement in Conflict resolution, peace and constitutional development in the MENA region
- Vincent Smith, Consultant, Hausfeld & Co LLP
- Dr Juana Vasella, Co-Director of the Centre for Logistics and Transport Law, University of Lucerne, Switzerland
- Jane Welch, formerly Director of the Institute's European Financial and Corporate Law Centre
Honorary Fellowships at BIICL
The Institute appoints a select number of Honorary Fellows each year on the basis of their outstanding and ongoing contributions to its work.
Honorary Fellows are invited by the Director to join the Institute and appointed by the Board of Trustees. Honorary Fellows are provided with Institute email and hot desk facilities, where necessary, and will be eligible to apply to the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies for library access. All Honorary Fellows are invited to join the Institute at the academic rate and will be eligible to attend Institute events at that rate.
The Institute currently has four Honorary Fellows:
- Professor Don Greig of the Australian National University
- Professor Alan Boyle of the University of Edinburgh
- Lady Hazel Fox CMG QC 4-5 Gray's Inn Square
- Professor Margot Horspool, Honorary Fellow in European Law, London