We have specialist research clusters in public law, commercial law and human rights.
They provide a focus for debate, research collaboration and teaching development among our academic staff.
Our Visiting Researchers Scheme welcomes academics, practitioners and
independent researchers to spend time conducting research in the School
of Law and Human Rights Centre, whether as part
of sabbatical leave from normal employment or sponsored directly by
We expect visiting researchers to:
- have an established research record
- make a clear case for being based in our School, which includes
the Human Rights Centre, and how their
presence and work will complement our
research environment and enhance our research profile
- provide a clear plan regarding the research project they intend
to pursue during their research stay in the School
Timing and duration
You can start at any time during the year, subject to agreement
between each visiting researcher and the School of Law.
You will normally stay for at least one term, but longer and shorter
research visits may exceptionally be approved.
We consider applications for visiting researchers three times a year:
- 5 January to visit in the summer term and vacation (May to
- 1 April to visit in the autumn term (September to December)
- 1 September to visit in the spring term (January to April)
Relationship with our School and Human Rights Centre
You are expected to participate fully in the School of Law research
environment, for example through associating yourself with one of our
research clusters, attending staff and PhD research seminars, and
other research-related events. You will also present a seminar paper
about your research during your visit.
Support and accommodation
You must be completely self-funded as we cannot provide financial
support for visiting researchers.
You will be provided with a University of Essex login and email
address, enabling you to use computer facilities at the University. You
will also have access to the Albert
Sloman Library. Desk space within the School of Law is not
guaranteed and may require a fee to be paid.
We cannot arrange living accommodation for visiting researchers.
Essex Students' Union has an accommodation finding service.
Application form and contact
Applicants for our Visiting Researchers Scheme should fill in the
following application form:
Please send applications and all other enquiries to
Visiting Research Students
Current doctoral research students registered at other institutions
are not accepted under the Visiting Researchers Scheme, but can instead
apply to visit the School as a visiting research student. For more
information please contact
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