Visiting Scholars Program


The Faculty of Law welcomes the opportunity to accommodate visiting scholars, judges, and lawyers at Robson Hall.  Offering a rich research environment, we welcome your interest in spending shorter or longer periods of time at the Faculty.  While at Robson Hall, visitors may be invited to collaborate on research projects, to present their own research works, to participate in our Distinguished Visitors Research seminars, and to generally share their ideas with our research and teaching community.  Sessional teaching opportunities may also be available.

Robson Hall Faculty of Law provides visitors with private office space and access to online research tools, as well as our Law Library.  We have a collegial research environment and we endeavour to accommodate the unique research needs of each visiting scholar.  We may also be able to provide some assistance in defraying the costs of the visit.

Applicants must have an association with a current faculty member. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.  A statement of research interest/description of the research project, a C.V., and proposed dates of the visit should be sent to:

Dr. Donn Short
Associate Dean (Research & Graduate Studies)

Testimonials from our scholars:

I am an S.J.D. candidate at the University of Kansas School of Law and was granted visiting scholar status between September 2012 and June 2013.  I am greatly honoured by this offer.  My immense gratitute comes not only from the opportunity itself, but also from the impressive process of my correspondence with Dr. Schulz.  From the outset of my application through the offer’s arrival, I was always timely responded to and fully informed.  Each of our contacts reflected her thoughtfulness and serious treatment of my application.  This pleasurable experience makes the offer even more appealing to me as it presents an opportunity to work with your distinguished and kind group.

Ms. Lijuan Xing, Visiting Scholar 2012-2013

The heart of a good law library revolves around its reference librarian; without an exceptional and persistent individual in this role, important resources remain unknown, useless if undiscovered. A skillful reference librarian makes the difference between a good law library and one that is truly outstanding. The University of Manitoba Faculty of Law is fortunate to have an exceptionally talented and patient reference librarian in Donna Sikorsky. Her skill, persistence, and determination, greatly advantage students in acquiring vital research skills. As a practicing lawyer turned academic, I have turned to the services of reference librarians at more than a dozen law libraries across North America and can confidently say that Donna Sikorsky is among the best at her craft.

As a visitor to the University of Manitoba Faculty of Law, I particularly appreciate the research help Ms. Sikorsky has given me. From the first, she welcomed questions as she reviewed the library’s resources and suggested search strategies. However, her full skill became evident when I asked her to find the original case report for the 16th Century kidnapping, trial and execution of Dr. John Story (relevant to the modern issue of rendition in international human rights law). I thought I had a good citation from a secondary source – as it soon became clear, the problem was that my source was garbled, third hand, and gave the wrong year. Notwithstanding this misdirection, Donna Sikorsky quickly tracked down the original source for the Arraignment, Judgment, and Execution of John Story, for Treason in 1571. I commented in passing that Holdsworth’s, A History of the English Law might clear up some further questions. Within the hour, and without my even having asked for it, she provided pinpoint references to the relevant volumes and pages in Holdsworth.

I am grateful for the opportunity to enjoy the law library at the University of Manitoba and find it an outstanding place to finish my research.  I am also grateful to have the help of such an efficient and capable reference librarian.

Alan W. Clarke, Visiting Research Associate

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