Exchange Programme with the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg

The exchange is open to Faculty members and graduate research students of the Oxford Law Faculty who wish to pursue research at the Max Planck Institute. Under the agreement with the Max Planck Institute, Oxford may send to Hamburg either one eligible person for a six-month period or a number of eligible persons for shorter periods totalling six months. The Max Planck Institute will provide single accommodation, free of charge, (shared) office space with a computer, and generous library access. There will be no teaching or other formal obligations, although visitors might be asked to give a paper on their ongoing research. Knowledge of the German language is an asset, but is not required in the working environment of the Hamburg Institute.

Information about applying to the programme will be sent via the Faculty mail lists at the beginning of the academic year. Informal enquiries should be addressed to the Administrator of the Institute.

 

The Max Planck Institute in Hamburg provides an excellent environment to work on questions or comparative private and private international law. Guests from Oxford receive a desk in what certainly is the best library of its kind in Germany, if not in Europe, and accommodation, either in the Institute’s own apartments or in the nearby guest house, both of which are right between the main campus of the University of Hamburg and the Alster. Surrounded by nothing but books, other researchers, and – occasionally – sunshine, I managed to write a substantial part of my DPhil thesis in the four months I have spent at the MPI over two consecutive summers.

In addition to the excellent working conditions, the biggest perk of spending time at the Institute certainly is the large number of research fellows and guests it attracts all year, and especially over the summer. There is a bi-weekly coffee, a monthly after-work meeting, and ample opportunity outside these formal occasions to meet like-minded researchers who are at a variety of points in their careers and come from all over the world. A number of guests also participate in the Institute’s weekly kick-about which takes place on a meadow right across the Institute.

The exchange has offered me many opportunities – to do research, to make new friends, and to live in one of the nicest, most interesting cities in Europe. It will not be the last time I have visited it.

Tobias Lutzi, Somerville College, 2018

 


 

Alpa Scholarships

These scholarships, funded through the generosity of Professor Guido Alpa (Professore ordinario di diritto civile at the University of Rome Sapienza), enable an exchange between the Law Faculties of Oxford and Rome Sapienza. One scholarship of £5,000 will be offered each academic year to enable either a doctoral research student or an early career academic of the Oxford Law Faculty to spend up to two months undertaking research at the Law Faculty of the University of Rome Sapienza. The timing of the visit is flexible, and will be agreed between the Scholar and the Dean of the Law Faculty at Sapienza. The Scholarship is intended to cover the costs of the visit (including travel and accommodation).

Information about applying to the programme will be sent via the Faculty mail lists at the beginning of the academic year. Informal enquiries should be addressed to the Administrator of the Institute.

 

I spent five weeks in June/July 2017 undertaking a research visit to the University of Rome La Sapienza. I used this opportunity to conduct additional research for my thesis, which deals with government consent as a basis for the use of force in international law. In particular, I focused on issues concerning the nature and effects of jus cogens in international law. This research will be incorporated into my thesis and is also intended to form the basis of a further research agenda for post-doctoral studies.  During my stay I was able to take advantage of the University’s impressive research strengths in PIL.
 
La Sapienza is a huge and bustling university with a crowded calendar of academic events. The Law Faculty organizes an impressive series of talks by visiting international speakers who present in English. A particular highlight for me was a seminar with Professor Jeremy Waldron, which gave rise to a fascinating discussion of the legal and ethical underpinnings of the targeted killing of individuals by drones. Despite my very limited Italian, I was made to feel very welcome by Professor Alpa, whose generous gift funds this scholarship, and by other members of the Faculty. I wish to thank him and the Scholarship Committee for this rewarding opportunity
 
Zachary Vermeer

 


 

Exchange with the Law Faculty, University of Seville, Spain

The Institute has an agreement with the Law Faculty of the University of Seville under which two Faculty members or doctoral research students of the Oxford Law Faculty may each spend up to three months in Seville in order to pursue research. The Law Faculty at Seville will cover reasonable travel expenses for the participants in the exchange, and will arrange (and cover the cost of) accommodation.

 

Information about applying to the programme will be sent via the Faculty mail lists at the beginning of the academic year. Informal enquiries should be addressed to the Administrator of the Institute.

 


 

Exchange with the Law Faculty of the Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia

The Institute has an agreement with the Law Faculty of the Lomonosov Moscow State University under which members of the Oxford Law Faculty and postgraduate students registered for a research degree in the Oxford Law Faculty are encouraged to apply to spend a period of up to three months in order to pursue research in Moscow. No special arrangements are in place to cover participants’ expenses under this scheme, but the Law Faculty in Moscow will provide the normal facilities of an academic visitor there, including full access to the Law Library and (where possible) working space in the Faculty.

Enquiries about applying to the programme should be directed to the Administrator of the Institute.