Education & Research

Visiting Scholars

Conducting research at Bucerius

Bucerius Law School welcomes academics from around the world who would like to take advantage of our extensive library and networking resources to enhance their independent research projects.

Interested candidates can be welcomed to Bucerius through two different programs:

  • The general visiting scholars program
  • or, the Joachim Herz U.S. Exchange Program for Young Legal Scholars

Visiting scholars in either program will

  • gain valuable input for your research through exchanging ideas with Bucerius faculty members and Ph.D. candidates.
  • have access our campus library around the clock to use the extensive print and electronic resources.
  • have access all other campus facilities including a computer lab, a cafeteria, coffee shop and gym, as well as wireless internet on campus.
  • have their own desk in a designated visiting scholar room that they share with other visiting scholars.
  • get individual support in visa, housing and other administrative issues from the McDermont Will & Emery International Office.
  • be able to join interesting events including lectures by renowned guest speakers, panel discussions and debates on varying current topics, concerts, leisure activities and more.
  • in special cases, be permitted to audit law courses at Bucerius.

Access to the library of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law may be granted upon request.

Please note:

Visiting scholars must be sponsored by a Bucerius faculty member who is willing to act as an advisor to the proposed research project. It is the responsibility of a prospective visiting scholar to contact appropriate faculty members and arrange for such sponsorship. If you do not have a pre-existing relationship with a faculty member, please check the list of our professors and their research areas.

This condition does not apply to candidates who are selected for the Joachim Herz U.S. Exchange Program for Young Legal Scholars.

Call for Applications

Apply for the Joachim Herz U.S. Exchange Program for Young Legal Scholars!

Download the Call for Applications!

Current Scholars

Shubha Ghosh, USA

Daniel Katz, USA

Hakan Mertcan, Turkey

Michiko Takata, Japan

Hiroshi Shimizu, Japan

Past Scholars (selection)

Arpan Banerjee, India (link)

Franziska Lehner, Austria (link)

Takayuki Harashima, Japan (link)

David Stute, USA (link)

Hiromi Naito, Japan (Link)

Avishalom Tor, USA (link)

Application Procedure

Successful applicants are current Ph.D. candidates or law faculty members from universities outside of Germany. To become a visiting scholar, a member of the Bucerius faculty must express an interest in working with you. If you do not have a pre-existing relationship with a faculty member, please check the list of our professors and their research areas.

Scholars are free to apply year-round and may choose to spend several weeks or up to six months at Bucerius. Admission decisions are normally sent to applicants within four weeks.

All prospective Visiting Scholars, regardless of any existing affiliation, must submit following documents (as a single PDF file in German or English) to Kasia Kwietniewska, Director of the International Office:

  • Application form (available on request),
  • Curriculum vitae (incl. professional accomplishments, educational background, employment history, publications, awards),
  • Motivation letter,
  • Outline of the research project (no more than 2000 words).

Joachim Herz U.S. Exchange Program at Bucerius Law School for Young Legal Scholars

Bucerius Law School proudly invites outstanding young legal scholars from the U.S. to apply for the Joachim Herz Fellowship Program 2019. Through this program, Bucerius and the Joachim Herz Foundation strive to expand the transatlantic academic exchange between young German and U.S.-based jurists. This fellowship program targets candidates who are interested in the field of legal research and teaching and who wish to enhance their profile by putting their research into a transatlantic context.

Joachim Herz Fellows are expected to spend approx. three months at Bucerius Law School and to become active members of the Bucerius community. Joachim Herz Fellows will receive a stipend of €7,000 for their three-month stay. The fellows may choose any three-month period that is convenient to them and does not coincide with their other duties at their home universities or their employers.

Fellows will have

  • their own workspace,
  • access to all Bucerius facilities as well as the library of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law,
  • the opportunity to discuss their research with Bucerius Ph.D. candidates and faculty,
  • present their research to the wider Bucerius community through a lunch-time lecture,
  • organizational support from the International Office.

Fellows are exempt from paying tuition to Bucerius Law School.

ELIGIBILITY

Eligibility to apply for a Joachim Herz Fellowship is limited to:

  • Recent (within the past 7 years) JD graduates with an interest in pursuing an academic career,
  • Doctoral candidates,
  • Post-doctoral researchers,
  • Young faculty members (JD graduation within the last 7 years),
  • 3L law students who wish to conduct research after graduation,
  • Young associate lawyers with an interest in academic research,
  • Research projects in the field of international and comparative law,
  • Candidates who are affiliated with a U.S.-based partner institution of Bucerius Law School

In accordance with the Joachim Herz Foundation’s mission of supporting the transatlantic exchange of ideas between young people in Germany and the United States, successful applicants must have U.S. citizenship or permanent residency (green card holder), must have the intention of continuing their career in the United States of America and must preferably be under 35 years of age.

 APPLICATION
  • Completed application form (available upon request),
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of publications,
  • Copies of degree certificates and transcripts,
  • Motivation letter explaining reasons for the application for the fellowship,
  • Outline of the research project: no more than 2,000 words; special attention should be given to the research question, methodology and the benefit to the research project of the candidate’s stay at Bucerius,
  • Names and contact details of two proposed references.

Applicants are required to submit all necessary documents as a single PDF file in German or English to the Ms. Kasia Kwietniewska, Director of the International Office at kasia.kwietniewska(at)law-school.de.

Candidates should submit their application at least two months prior to the beginning of their proposed research stay at Bucerius.

Questions may be addressed to Kasia Kwietniewska, Director of the International Office at kasia.kwietniewska(at)law-school.de.

Download Call for Applications

Application & Admission Process

Scholars are free to apply year-round and may choose to spend several weeks or up to six months at Bucerius. Admission decisions are normally sent to applicants within four weeks.

Fees

There is no fee for scholars who are invited to Bucerius through one of the law school’s own programs such as the Interdisciplinary Legal Research Program (ILRP) or Joachim Herz U.S. Exchange Program for Young Legal Scholars. Recipients of DAAD or Alexander von Humboldt Foundation scholarships are also exempt from paying fees.

All other scholars wishing to conduct research at Bucerius are subject to the following fees:

Up to 2 month stay: no fee
3-6 month stay: €500
7-12 month stay: €1000

Accommodation in Hamburg

Bucerius does not have any on-campus or dormitory housing of its own. However, the campus is easily accessible by public transportation and the International Office assists scholars in finding suitable accommodation.

Library

As a visiting scholar you profit from 24/7 access to the very modern Hengeler-Mueller Library equipped with high quality computer workstations, book scanners and wifi-enabled printers. Please note that the library is a reference library, i.e., books may not be checked out. The library inventory can be found through the electronic catalogue.

Working Space & WLAN

Bucerius offers a common working space for its visiting scholars. The office is equipped with PCs, a printer and stationery. Access to the campus wireless network will be provided.

Bucerius Card

Each visiting scholar will receive a Bucerius card.  This card allows you to enter the building and library at any time, including nights and weekends, as well as to use the copying machines. Moreover, you will need the card to pay in the Bucerius cafeteria and coffee shop, as neither location accepts cash.

Meals

Bucerius has a cafeteria where you can have lunch. In addition to the cafeteria, there is a Coffee Lounge where you can buy snacks, sandwiches and a variety of beverages.

Additional Support

The staff of the International Office is here to support you before and during your stay at Bucerius. You can count on their experience in working with international students, lecturers and visiting scholars on the various issues that accompany a term abroad. From recommendations of sightseeing tours or a nice restaurant for a relaxing dinner to questions about purchasing a prepaid SIM card or configuring your device for access to the campus wireless network, please do not hesitate to get in contact.

Arpan Banerjee

"I have found my experience at Bucerius greatly enriching. The school is very international in its orientation, and attracts visiting faculty and students from all over the world. The professors are leading scholars who have connections with legal practice and the students are excellent."

Prof. Arpan Banerjee
Jindal Global Law School, India
Visiting Scholar & 2017-18 Alexander von Humboldt Fellow

Contact

Kasia Kwietniewska

Kasia Kwietniewska
Director, International Office

Email