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Visiting and Honorary Fellowships

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, a 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 Adminstrative Officer, Clare Priestley, at

  • 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:

Honorary Fellowships at BIICL

BIICL appoints a select number of Honorary Fellows on the basis of their outstanding and ongoing contributions to its work.

Honorary Fellows are invited by the Director and appointed by the Board of Trustees. Honorary Fellows are provided with BIICL 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 BIICL at the academic rate and will be eligible to attend our events at that rate.

Our current Honorary Fellows:

  • Professor Alan Boyle of the University of Edinburgh
  • Lady Hazel Fox CMG QC 4-5 Gray's Inn Square
  • Professor Don Greig of the Australian National University
  • Professor Margot Horspool, Honorary Fellow in European Law, London
  • Professor Robert McCorquodale of the University of Nottingham