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 2019

Paolo Do

Project: Corridors of Law. Logistics, Law and the Transnational Commercial Surrogacy in Europe (February - April 2019)

Paolo Do is a researcher based at La Sapienza University in Rome. He holds a PhD in Critical Management and Political Economy from Queen Mary University of London. He spent more than a year in East Asia as a research fellow at the Shue Yan University of Hong Kong and the Shanghai Jiao Tong University, developing field research on the issue of the international strategic management of knowledge within the new political economy and the international division of labour. Currently, he is working on the relationship between higher education, digital commons and big data from a transdisciplinary perspective. 

Amadou Korbinian Sow

Project: Das Rechtsgefühl des Freirechts. Über Avantgarde, Modernismus und Rezeption in der Rechtswissenschaft (May - June 2019)

Amadou Korbinian Sow is a researcher and PhD student at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg under the supervision of Prof. Christian Bumke, Chair for the Foundations of Law. Sow was born in Bavaria in 1992. He read Law at Oxford University (Brasenose College) and Bucerius Law School, where he received his First State Examination in 2016.

His research interests lie in philosophy of law, the history of modern jurisprudence and constitutional law. His doctoral thesis investigates the early history of the Free Law ‘Movement’.

Laura Petersen 

Project: ‘Making Good Again?’ The Art of Restitution after the Holocaust (November - December 2019)

Laura Petersen is a PhD Candidate at the Institute for International Law and the Humanities at The University of Melbourne. Her research is cross-disciplinary, combining approaches to jurisprudence with literature and visual and public art. Laura’s PhD project joins together her interests in law, German studies, and aesthetics. It has the working title of ‘Making Good Again? Practices of aesthetics and justice after the Holocaust.’ She reads examples from legal and literary writing, and public and visual art as objects to help us understand the dynamics of attempting Wiedergutmachung / ‘restitution’ in Germany. Laura has an MA from the Freie Universität Berlin and a BA/LLB (1st Hons) from The University of Melbourne. She was recently awarded an international collaborative grant to lead a team of early career scholars to investigate methodologies and scholarship on the theme of ‘art + conflict’.