Visiting Researcher at the Harvard Law School

Gabriel M. Lentner from the Department for Legal Studies and International Relations will conduct his research at the Ivy-League-University for two semesters

08/08/2019

In the course of the special scholarship "Excellence for Research Stays Abroad“, which is funded by the NÖ Forschungs- und Bildungsges.m.b.H. (NFB), Assistant Professor Gabriel Lentner from Danube University Krems will be conducting his research at the Harvard Law School in Cambridge, USA, for one year.  He will be working on the "Logocratic Method" - developed by Harvard jurist Scott Brewer - and its application in the international law.

International law is often understood as an argument on practical basis aiming to ultimately convince a specific target group such as courts, governments or other academics in the line of legal reasoning. On what foundation a valid legal argument is constituted and in what ways criteria and yardsticks are applied is still dealt with controversially in the context of international law. The research project of Mr Lentner, "A Rational Critique of International Law Arguments: The Logocratic Method" intends to close this gap. "It constitutes criteria on the basis of critical rationalism and the so-called Logocratic Method to subsequently test its application on the basis of concrete case studies," says the international law expert Lentner.

Each year up to 30 to 35 researchers and university professors from other institutions are invited by the Harvard Law School to attend the Graduate Program. The “Visitors” come from all over the world. Among them was a Justice of the Supreme Court of Norway, the Director of the Graduate Programme in Law at Osgoode Hall Law School, the law faculty of York University in Toronto, Canada.

International experience promotes excellence

In order to be eligible for the NFB special scholarships, a number of criteria have to be met e.g. a doctorate or PhD degree and proven post-doctoral research activity from at least two years. In addition, the invitation from a renowned foreign research institute must be submitted.

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