UNIDROIT welcomes different categories of guests who carry out research in the Library and/or are associated with the Secretariat’s activities. The various formulas, presented below, are:
VISITING SCHOLARS AND RESEARCHERS
University scholars and researchers, law students as well as Government officials and members of the legal profession from all over the world are welcome to access the UNIDROIT Library subject to the Librarian's approval of their request to access the library. Applicants may use such approval to support their requests to potential sponsors (which may be the institution to which they belong, private or public donors, sponsoring institutions that promote legal research and legal reform, etc.) to finance their stay in Rome. Projects relating to UNIDROIT’s past legislative activities, as well as subjects on the current UNIDROIT Work Programme, are given special attention in this regard. A good working knowledge of English and/or French is indispensable.
Over its 25 years of existence, the Research Scholarship Programme has hosted nearly 400 researchers (post-graduate law students, academics and government officials) from 65 countries, generally under partial funding, for an average period of two months. UNIDROIT Research Scholarship Programme: Regulations
The Programme is funded by extra-budgetary contributions. The number of scholarships awarded each year depends on the available funding. Unidroit appeals to potential sponsors to support the Scholarship Programme. See Information for donors.
Information on any available scholarships tenable in 2020 will be provided on this webpage in due course.
COOPERATION WITH ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS
The Secretariat is open to co-operation with academic institutions in accordance with UNIDROIT and each institution’s objectives.
Institutional cooperation, which may be formalised under a Memorandum of Understanding, may consist for example in developing joint research projects, initiatives or study programmes focused on Unidroit instruments; promoting research stays or internships at UNIDROIT for professors and students and establishing a joint fellowship.
Cooperation agreements have been implemented with the following academic institutions.
UNIDROIT welcomes a select number of interns to participate in the work of the Secretariat. Internship activities relate to subjects on the Institute's current Work Programme, and/or to UNIDROIT instruments that have already been adopted, in particular as regards their implementation and promotion. Interns will generally be expected to conduct research on specific aspects of the chosen/assigned subject and/or to prepare concept notes, draft documents and reports of meetings, prepare translations, and generally assist the professional staff of the Secretariat.
Preference is given to candidates engaged in postgraduate legal studies (5 years +). Candidates must have an excellent knowledge of both spoken and written English. Knowledge of French and/or any other language is also considered an asset.
Candidates in their undergraduate legal studies are welcome to apply for an internship in the library, assisting the Head Librarian with documentation and catalogue related tasks.
UNIDROIT internships are not remunerated. The length of an internship is three consecutive months, which may be extended to a maximum of six months (excluding the month of August). Internships may be granted for shorter periods on a case by case basis. Interns are required to provide for adequate medical insurance coverage during their stay in Rome.
When applying for an internship, candidates are invited to indicate any preference for their topic of cooperation with the Secretariat, by specifying their preferred project(s) on UNIDROIT’s Work Programme. If applicable, they may also indicate a research project that they intend to pursue on an independent basis in the UNIDROIT library. Candidates are welcome to submit an academic reference letter and/or a statement from a sponsoring institution (university, research centre, governmental entity …) to support their application.
UNIDROIT welcomes public officials and lawyers from UNIDROIT member States to join its staff temporarily on Secondment: judges, public administration officials and professionals from public entities are invited to participate in the work of the Secretariat of UNIDROIT. Their full remuneration, health and pension schemes should continue to be fully covered by their employer during their Secondment at UNIDROIT.
The specific conditions of the secondment and the duties of the seconded person are agreed with the relevant public entity.