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Faculty International Link

The Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge has developed an extensive collection of links with partner institutions around the globe.

These relationships provide for the exchange of students and staff between Cambridge and other leading institutions, and also offer opportunities to share knowledge, develop understanding and enrich the research and academic life of the Faculty.


Herbert Smith Freehills Global Visitor Programme

HSFUnder the Herbert Smith Freehills Global Visitor Programme, the Faculty of Law has reciprocal staff visiting agreements with Harvard Law School, the Faculties of Law of the National University of Singapore, the  University of Hong Kong and the University of Toronto, and the Law School of the University of Auckland/Te Wāhanga Ture o Tāmaki Makaurau. The Cambridge Faculty of Law will receive one visitor per year from each of these institutions, and Members of the Faculty will have the opportunity to visit our partner institutions.

Faculty Visitor Scheme

Each year The Faculty also welcomes a number of senior scholars as Faculty Visitors. This title is conferred by the Faculty Board on nominations by members of the Faculty.

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Max PlanckMax Planck Law

Building on the staff exchange arrangement that the Faculty had since 2002 with the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, the Faculty now has an exchange agreement with the Max Planck Law network. This exchange enables Faculty staff and research students to spend two months at one of the eleven participating Max Planck Institutes that, between them, cover nearly all sub-disciplines of legal studies, ranging from anthropology of law to tax law. In return, the Faculty receives visitors from these institutes.

Pathways Agreement with Stellenbosch UniversityPathway Agreements

The Faculty has forged a trio of Pathway Agreements with top Australian Universities SydneyMelbourne and Monash as well as with one of the leading South African law Schools, Stellenbosch.

These agreements allow students to do three and a half years of full-time law study at their Australian/African university, followed by three terms at Cambridge.

Successful completion of the LLM or Masters degree in Corporate Law (MCL) at Cambridge will normally be accepted by the Pathways Agreements law schools in substitution for the final semester of their home programmes.

Harvard Exchange Link

The Faculty has established a link with Harvard Law School (HLS) which facilitates arrangements for students reading for the PhD at Cambridge to spend time at Harvard and use the facilities there and similarly for Harvard SJD students to spend time in Cambridge and use the facilities here.

There are two possible schemes for Cambridge doctoral students to spend time at Harvard Law School as follows:

  • Exchange students go to HLS at the start of the semester (fall or spring) and stay for at least three months but no longer than a semester. Exchange students receive a Harvard University ID card and e-mail account, full library and gym access, and a printing account. They may participate in student organisations, activities, and listservs. Exchange students may apply to audit classes and are eligible for Harvard housing. They are responsible for paying the Harvard University health insurance fee. (Requests for students to come to HLS for a period ranging from two months to less than three months will be considered under special circumstances. If accepted, such students must start their period at HLS at the beginning of a term. They may not audit classes and may not receive Harvard housing.)
  • Exchange visitors may go to HLS through the program for up to two months at any point during the academic year or the summer. Such visitors have library access but no borrowing privileges; limited access to electronic resources may be arranged. These visitors do not receive any other benefits or services and may not audit classes.

Exchange with the University of the Republic (Uruguay)

The Faculties of Law of the University of the Republic, Montevideo (Universidad de la República), and the University of Cambridge have entered into an agreement for reciprocal visits by academic staff. The agreement facilitates visits of one member of academic staff from each institution to the other for one week per calendar year.

The LERU Law PhD Exchange Scheme

The Faculty of Law will be participating in the LERU (League of European Research Universities) Law PhD Exchange Scheme. The aim of this new exchange scheme is to increase international mobility between PhD researchers. Students may apply for research stays of up to six weeks at one of the participating LERU institutions. The host LERU institution facilitates the student’s academic integration in the research unit of the host institution, offers assistance in finding accommodation and provides a work space for the student where possible. Students themselves will be expected to bear the cost of the stay.

Details about the exchange programme are available on the PhD Moodle page.

Programme in European Private Law for Postgraduates (PEPP)

Programme in European Private Law for Postgraduates (PEPP) Bucerius Law SchoolBecause of the current health situation, this programme is on hold.

The Programme in European Private Law for Postgraduates (PEPP) is designed for doctorate students from the participating universities who work in the field of private law in the European context. It enables students to attend structured workshops, lectures and seminars at each of the participating universities: University of Münster, University of Cambridge, Bucerius Law School, Silesian University at Katowice, University of Wroclaw, University of Valencia, University of Genoa and the University of Leuven.

The programme offers scholarships to postgraduate students of the participating institutions who work in the field of private law in the European context.  The aim is not only to give the participants better understanding of the differences between the legal approaches in the European jurisdictions and legal traditions, to develop their research skills and broaden their knowledge of comparative legal method and European law, but also to help them build a European network of early career researchers.

For further information please see or contact the Cambridge organiser, Professor Felix Steffek (