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.

  • Gain valuable input for your research from your Bucerius academic host and other Bucerius faculty members.
  • Acces our campus facilities around the clock to use the extensive print and electronic resources at our campus library. Further campus facilities include several computer labs, a cafeteria, coffee shop and gym, as well as wireless internet access on campus. Limited research space on campus is available.
  • Get individual support in visa, housing and other administrative issues from the Clifford Chance International Office.
  • 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, a visiting scholar may be permitted to audit law courses at Bucerius.

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, Germany’s top-ranked law school, was founded in 2000 on the idea of educating well-rounded legal professionals and academics with an international mindset and commitment to accepting responsibility for the community in which they live.

Goal and scope of the fellowship

Bucerius Law School proudly invites outstanding young legal scholars from the U.S. to apply for the Joachim Herz Fellowship Program 2018. Through this newly established program Bucerius intends to expand the transatlantic academic exchange between young German and American jurists. This fellowship program targets candidates who are interested in spending time in Hamburg and taking advantage of the opportunity to gain a different perspective of their research topic through the eyes of their international colleagues.

Joachim Herz Fellows are expected to spend approx. three months at Bucerius Law School and to become active members of the Bucerius community. They will be given the opportunity to present their research, exchange their ideas and discuss research findings with Bucerius faculty members and local PhD candidates. Fellows will be exempt from paying tuition to Bucerius Law School.

Fellows will receive a stipend of €7,000 for their three-month stay. Bucerius is committed to providing its students and academics with the highest possible level of administrative support. Fellows will have their own workspace, access to all Bucerius facilities and to the library of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law. The International Office staff will support fellows prior to and during their stay in Hamburg.


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

  • JD graduates with a demonstrated interest in a career in academia, advanced doctoral candidates who have completed their residency requirements, post-doctoral researchers and young tenure-track professors in the field of international and comparative law,
  • Candidates who are enrolled at or affiliated with a U.S.-based Bucerius partner institution,
  • Candidates who can show evidence of superior academic achievement in their graduate studies and current research,
  • In accordance with the Joachim Herz Foundation’s mission of supporting the transatlantic exchange of ideas, preference will be given to applicants who wish to pursue a career in academia in the United States of America.


  • Completed application form,
  • 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 2000 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 Dean of Bucerius Law School, Professor Katharina Boele-Woelki at praesidentin(at)

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)   

Download Application Form (pdf)

Download Call for Applications (pdf)


Kasia Kwietniewska

Kasia Kwietniewska
Director, International Office


Current Scholars

Hakan Mertcan, Turkey

Hiromi Naito, Japan

David Stute, USA

Michiko Takata, Japan

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