Visiting Scholars Program

Coronavirus Update

In the interest of safety and with regard to the uncertainties created by the developing global situation,
please note that Bucerius will be unable to host visiting scholars for the remainder of 2020.

Inquiries regarding a research stay in 2021 may be directed to Kasia Kwietniewska.

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.

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.

Joachim Herz U.S. Exchange Program for Young Legal Scholars

Since 2017, the Joachim Herz Foundation and the Bucerius Law School have launched the "Joachim Herz U.S. Exchange Program for Young Legal Scholars." It is designed for young academics whose research focuses on various aspects of comparative and international law and who spend a certain amount of time at a foreign university.

More about the Joachim Herz Fellowship

Visiting scholars at Bucerius 2019

Five scholars standing in the Law School's routunda with Prof. Dr. Katharina Boele-Woelki

Nasrin Khodarahmi, Dean Katharina Boele-Woelki, Hiroshi Shimizu, Fiona Theobald, Kira Kuhnert, Hakan Mertcan
Photo: Sven Störmann

Interviews with past scholars

Fiona Theobald, USA

Prof. Shubha Ghosh, USA

Prof. Arpan Banerjee, India

Franziska Lehner, Austria

Takayuki Harashima, Japan

David Stute, USA

Hiromi Naito, Japan

Prof. Avishalom Tor, USA


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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.

Application Procedure (general visiting scholar program)

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)


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 3 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.


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.


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.


Kasia Kwietniewska
Director, International Office