As part of our commitment to furthering academic collaboration and exchange, the institute sponsors a Visiting Fellow Programme for young researchers. The aim of the scheme is to enable promising doctoral candidates and early-career scholars to spend a period of time in Lucerne, during which they can share and develop research and teaching ideas with our members. We believe that the academic and international diversity of our fellows greatly enriches the intellectual life of the institute.

The fellowships provide a grant to cover travel and accommodation costs (up to a designated maximum), with the possibility of an additional stipend to defray supplementary living expenses. The standard period of tenure is between four and eight weeks. Applications are submitted in response to an annual call.

The institute offers visiting fellows a vibrant environment within which to pursue their research. Participants are encouraged to attend our events, present their work in one of our research fora, and to avail themselves of further opportunities for exchange with our members and visitors. All fellows are provided with workspace, as well as access to University of Lucerne facilities, computer services and library resources. 


Call for Applications 2020

The call for applications for 2020 is now closed. 


Visiting Fellows 2020



Project: The Technofossil: A Media Geology of the Anthropocene

Alexander Damianos is an ESRC funded PhD candidate at the London School of Economics law department. He holds an MSc in Law, Anthropology and Society from the LSE and a BA in Critical & Visual Studies from Pratt Institute. For the past three years, he has been conducting ethnographic research into the ongoing effort to define the Anthropocene as a formal geological unit. This includes extended participant observation of the Anthropocene Working Group, a team of geologists, Earth System scientists, chemists, historians of science and one lawyer, who have been commissioned to investigate whether there is a sufficient geological foundation to the Anthropocene hypothesis. In 2019, he was the recipient of the Simon Roberts Modern Law Review Scholarship. Prior to commencing the PhD, he was researcher at Studio Olafur Eliasson in Berlin.



Project: Legal Journals, Universities and Legal Disciplines. Interrelationships Across Half a Century (1836-1883)

Fernando Liendo Tagle studied Law at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. He has worked as a lawyer in dispute resolution and arbitration, and as legal advisor to organizations dedicated to the protection of historical heritage in Peru. In Spain, he participated in a European Commission project dedicated to a network of mediation and dispute resolution within the single market.

Fernando holds a Master's degree in Public Law from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, and is currently completing a dissertation - as holder of a full doctoral scholarship from the Spanish government - on “The Legal Press in the Formation and Teaching of Legal Disciplines and University Studies in Nineteenth Century Spain”. 

Fernando is presently part of the project “The Memory of the Spanish Lawyer. Origins and Development of Legal Subjects. 19th-XXth Centuries”, co-directed by the University of Huelva and the University Carlos III of Madrid. He has previously been a visiting research fellow at the Max-Planck-Institut für europäische Rechtsgeschichte in Frankfurt am Main and at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. His research interests include legal history, comparative law and legal theory, and his current project is to develop a transnational intellectual history of the education of lawyers during the 19th century.