Research Initiatives

Our Programs and Initiatives provide a focal point at Harvard Law School for new thinking in the fields of comparative law, global governance and international law. Each year we support a wide range of working formats that offer opportunities to students and faculty seeking new perspectives and alternative thinking about the global situation. The Institute’s Working Formats Include:

Affiliates Program

With the support of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, the IGLP sponsors a Student Affiliates Program to connect Harvard Law School students working on matters of European law and policy, either as a topic of ongoing research or as a prospective field of practice, with one another. The firm generously integrates IGLP Student Affiliates into their European Union information system, and offers to connect students with members of the firm who are knowledgeable in the areas of law and legal practice in which the student is pursuing research. The overall objective of the program is to make available a more personalized relationship between interested students and practitioners of European law, to allow Student Affiliates access to a wealth of experience and expertise in this area, and to be kept abreast of ongoing developments in the field. Over 25 Student Affiliates receive periodic updates on European law prepared by the Brussels office of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton each year, and are invited to attend ongoing events sponsored by IGLP. Student Affiliates also actively participated in the Workshop on “Current Developments in EU & U.S. Antitrust Law.”

Visiting Researchers Program

The IGLP supports an active program for Visiting Fellows, Researchers and Scholars. The IGLP appoints Visiting Fellows for a semester or an academic year. Fellows are usually funded by outside sources. Visiting Researchers and Scholars at the IGLP generally spend one semester in residence at the Harvard Law School, although appointments may range from one month to one year. All have access to the Harvard library and e-mail systems and, subject to instructor approval, may audit Law School classes on a non-credit basis. The IGLP arranges informal luncheons and other gatherings for Visiting Fellows, Researchers and Scholars to provide them with an opportunity to meet Law School students, and faculty. In addition to its Visitors Program, the IGLP encourages research by doctoral candidates and other IGLP affiliates.

Fellowship Program

Inaugurated in 2006, the Fellowship Program offers full or partial student and post-doctoral fellowship support to a small number of scholars pursuing research in areas related to the IGLP’s ongoing work. The number of Fellowships awarded each year depends upon the available funding. In general, the IGLP encourages the development of progressive and alternative ideas about international law, society and political economy by supporting original, provocative and challenging intellectual work that might not otherwise find support from mainstream institutional resources and which contributes to the emergence of new approaches to international law and global social justice.

For 2010-2011, with the generous support of an anonymous donor, the Institute awarded one full Post-Doctoral Fellowship to Dr. Hengameh Saberi from Iran. Dr. Saberi completed her SJD at Harvard in 2010. Her dissertation considered the relationship between the American philosophical tradition of pragmatism and the policy science of American international lawyers. We are pleased to welcome Dr. Saberi to the Institute.

Collaborative Research Grants

The IGLP encourages the development of progressive and alternative ideas about international law, society and political economy by supporting original, provocative and challenging intellectual work that might not otherwise find support from mainstream institutional resources and which contributes to the emergence of new approaches to international law and global social justice. Through this Research Grants Program we seek to facilitate innovative group research and writing projects in these fields, and deepen the network of collaboration among our HLS Graduate Students, IGLP Workshop alumni, and IGLP faculty.

Policy Roundtables

The IGLP sponsors policy roundtables, ranging in duration from one to three days, concerning specific issues important to one or more of the IGLP’s constituencies, in which participants from industry, the practicing profession, government, and academia discuss topics of common interest in a relaxed setting. Previous endeavors have included supporting a roundtable on International Regulatory Frameworks with the University of Wisconsin in 2004, a Policy Workshop at Harvard Law School on “Russia’s Future Relationship with the EU and the Broader International Community” in 2005. In 2009-2010, we co-sponsored a Workshop in Beijing on “New Regulatory Models After The Crisis” With The Institute for Policy Dialog at Columbia University and a one day intensive Workshop on “New Challenges aAnd New Conceptions of International Law” in Cambridge with the Moscow based Global Policy Forum.

Conferences & Workshops

The IGLP regularly sponsors conferences and workshops, ranging from informal events at the Harvard Faculty Club to large meetings convening over 100 scholars in Cambridge for intensive discussion. The IGLP sponsored numerous opportunities for younger scholars to share their ongoing research with one another, through lunchtime or afternoon workshops, or more informal roundtable discussions. In June 2010, we inaugurated what will be an annual ten day intensive Workshop for young scholars and policy practitioners on global law and economic policy.

Student-Led Workshops & Seminars

The IGLP supports activities organized and led by doctoral students and Visiting Researchers at the Law School. Students often prepare presentations based on their current research or invite smaller groups of students to informal discussions. These formats facilitate ongoing debate about a selection of themes of interest to both IGLP and students and scholars associated with our ongoing work. We regularly provide support for student groups at the school pursuing projects related to our research mandate.

Lectures & Informal Seminars

During the academic year, the IGLP sponsors a variety of lectures and informal seminars in which scholars share ongoing research in the areas of global law and policy. These events, which are generally open to all members of the Harvard community, aim to bring the best new thinking about global law and policy to the community for discussion and debate.