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Salzburg Global Seminar Lloyd N. Cutler Fellows in International Law

February 20-22, 2020
Washington, D.C. 

Call for Applications:
Michigan Law is accepting applications for the 2020 Salzburg Lloyd N. Cutler Fellows Program.  Four 2L, 3L and/or LL.M. students will be selected to participate.  The Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program brings together 56 of the nation's top law students with leading academics, judges, and practitioners in the fields of private and public international law.  The two-day program examines the most critical issues shaping today's international law agenda and creates a network of men and women interested in careers in international practice and public service. Cutler Fellows are also invited to apply for scholarships to attend seminars in Salzburg, Austria, on topics relevant to their papers and professional interests.

At the heart of the program is the presentation by each Fellow of a paper, to be submitted in a five-to-eight-page executive-summary for review by the other participants and a group of outstanding law professors, judges and practitioners.  A two-page abstract of the paper is required to be submitted as part of your application for nomination by Michigan Law School.

The schedule for the event is as follows:

  • Thursday evening, February 20, all participants are invited to a welcome dinner in the Washington D.C. area.
  • Friday, February 21, small group sessions consider each student paper, discussing and making suggestions to improve it.   Short talks, panels, and networking opportunities are interspersed, featuring some of the most outstanding lawyers in the world.  A dinner for fellows and faculty will be held Friday evening.
  • Saturday, February 22, the morning is devoted to "looking beyond Law School" and the program will adjourn at noon.

    What is the cost?
    Michigan Law School will cover the cost of transportation and up to two nights of shared accommodations in Washington, D.C.  Meals will be provided by the Salzburg Global Seminar.

    Who is eligible to apply?
    2L, 3L and LLM students are invited to apply.  Students with strong international experience and/or backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.  A maximum of four students will be nominated by Michigan Law School.

    Application Details
    The following documents are required:

    1. Cover letter explaining your background and interest in the Cutler Program
    2. Unofficial Michigan Law School transcript printed from Wolverine Access (Attention LLM students: Please provide a copy of transcripts for all university-level education. In addition, please submit your Michigan Law School transcript, so we know what courses you took for the Fall 2019 term.)
    3. Resume or C.V.
    4. Two-page abstract (see details below)

    Application Deadline
    The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 25, 2019. Please email applications in one PDF to Elizabeth Snook (

    Details for the two-page abstract:
    The abstract should describe the research topic/paper you would wish to present during the breakout sessions of the Cutler Seminar.  Abstracts should outline an issue or question in international law that will be developed into a research paper, journal note, or other publication.  Breakout sessions for discussing papers are generally grouped into five major areas:

    a) Humanitarian law, human rights, and use of force
    b) International economic, investment, and monetary law
    c) International trade, anti-corruption, and anti-trust
    d) International institutions and international relations
    e) Rule of law and comparative constitutionalism

    Students are encouraged to submit abstracts based on articles or papers in development for other purposes – e.g.  seminar, independent study, law review.

    Want additional information?
    Visit the Cutler Fellows Website
    Visit the Salzburg Global Seminar Website

    For answers to other questions, please contact Elizabeth Snook ( in the Center for International and Comparative Law.