2024 Global Scholars Academy

From June 24 – 28, 2024, Harvard Law School’s IGLP will collaborate with Stellenbosch University
to convene the Global Scholars Academy in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Applications are now closed.
Decision letters will be sent in early April.

About the Academy

The Global Scholars Academy is an intensive residential experience designed to enable junior faculty and post-doctoral scholars to engage in sustained, interdisciplinary, peer-to-peer collaboration under the close mentorship of research faculty drawn from the world’s top universities. The Academy is open by application to junior scholars working to understand and map the levers of political, economic, and legal authority in the world today. We particularly welcome applications from scholars from the Global South and those working on policy challenges of particular concern to communities in the Global South.

Building on the IGLP’s decade of successful workshops and Stellenbosch’s dedication to high-level interdisciplinary research, the Global Scholars Academy will engage a growing community of scholars developing new thinking about the world’s most pressing policy challenges. While in residence, participants will workshop their ongoing research, review current scholarship developments, reconsider canonical texts, and network with colleagues from across the world.

The Format

The 2024 Academy offered a unique interdisciplinary curriculum and included thematic minicourses, plenary lectures, and writing workshops. Writing workshops offered participants the opportunity to receive detailed, valuable feedback on their research from their peers and senior colleagues in small group settings.

Our 2024 curricular themes include…

Authoritarianism, Populism, and Constitutional Authority
“Decolonization” and “post-colonialism” in a Multipolar World
Formality and Informality in the Law of Property
Gender, Identify and Poverty
Global Corporate Power and Social Justice
The Global Powers of Knowledge in Science and Law
Harnessing the Global Powers of Private Law
International Economic Law in Global Political Economy
Law in Economic Development North and South
Mapping the World: Law in the Global Geography
Racial Hierarchies and the Future of Work
…and more!

The Faculty

Libby Adler – Northeastern University School of Law

Rabiat Akande – Osgoode Hall Law School

Helena Alviar – Sciences Po Law School

Diamond Ashiagbor – Kent Law School

Jennifer Bair – University of Virginia

Jonathan Bashi – SOAS, University of London

Arnulf Becker Lorca – European University Institute

Zsa Zsa Boggenpoel – Stellenbosch University

Yifeng Chen – Peking University

Madelaine Chiam – LaTrobe Law School
Richard Clements – Tilburg Law School
Dan Danielsen – Northeastern University School of Law
Dennis Davis – High Court of Cape Town
Karen Engle – University of Texas at Austin
Jorge Esquirol – Florida International University
Guenter Frankenberg – Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
John Haskell – University of Manchester

Stephen Humphreys – London School of Economics and Political Science
David Kennedy – Harvard Law School
Poul Kjaer – Copenhagen Business School
Brenda Kombo – Harvard Law School
Vidya Kumar – SOAS, University of London
Nadia Lambek – Western University

Michelle Le Roux – Advocates Group 621

Sandra Liebenberg – Stellenbosch University

Tshepo Madlingozi – University of the Witwatersrand
Shaun McVeigh – University of Melbourne
Zina Miller – Northeastern University School of Law
Horatia Muir Watt – Sciences Po Law School
Vasuki Nesiah – New York University

Scott Newton – SOAS, University of London

Roseline Njogu – Ministry of Foreign & Diaspora Affairs (Kenya)

Celestine Nyamu Musembi – University of Nairobi
Sundhya Pahuja – University of Melbourne
Rose Parfitt – Kent Law School
Juanita Pienaar – Stellenbosch University
Marius Pieterse – University of the Witwatersrand
Nik Rajkovic – Tilburg Law School

Kerry Rittich – University of Toronto

Hani Sayed – The American University in Cairo

Imraan Valodia – University of the Witwatersrand
Nicola Smit – Stellenbosch University

Robert Wai – Osgoode Hall Law School
Dina Waked – Sciences Po Law School
Lucie White – Harvard Law School


The Application

Preference will be given to scholars who hold postdoctoral junior faculty positions. Students completing their doctoral work are also encouraged to apply. All accepted participants will be expected to submit an 8000-word piece, draft, or work in progress of academic writing in advance of the Academy to be discussed with colleagues in our intensive Writing Workshops.


Q: How many participants attend?
A: The Academy is by application only. We anticipate convening between 75 – 100 global scholars.

Q: Is there any cost to attend?
A: The Academy is committed to keeping the cost to participants as low as possible. Admitted participants will receive travel funding as well as meals and lodging for the duration of the Academy.

Q: How many letters of recommendation do I need?
A: 1 letter is required, but 2 is recommended.

Q: If admitted, will the Academy organizers support my visa application?
A: Yes. We will assist admitted participants with the necessary supporting documentation for their visa applications.

Q: Where do the Academy faculty come from?
A: All over the world! Our teaching faculty hail from top universities such as SciencesPo Law School, University of Toronto, NYU, University of Cape Town, Harvard University, LSE, Melbourne Law School, Tilburg, and more.

The Collaboration

The collaboration will encourage scholarship exploring such pressing issues as the structural reproduction of poverty and inequality; the policy challenges and benefits of new technologies; links between local and global security; environmental sustainability and the impact of environmental change on communities across the global South, women’s empowerment, SDG’s; as well as the management of cultural difference, exclusion, and intolerance in a world of ever-increasing movement and communication.

Stellenbosch University (SU) is home to an academic community of 29,000 students (including 4,000 foreign students from 100 countries) as well as 3,000 permanent staff members (including 1,000 academics) on five campuses. The historical oak-lined university town amongst the Boland Mountains in the winelands of the Western Cape creates a unique campus atmosphere. On the main campus, paved walkways wind between campus buildings – some dating from previous centuries; others just a few years old. Architecture from various eras attests to the sound academic foundation and establishment of an institution of excellence. This, together with the scenic beauty of the area; state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly facilities and technology, as well as visionary thinking about the creation of a sustainable 21st-century institution, makes for the unique character of SU. The Faculty of Law, which commemorated its centenary in 2021, as well as the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences are both situated on the main campus. At SU, this project underwrites our commitment to promote the global SDG 2030 agenda as well as our commitment to the continent in supporting the Africa Agenda 2063. The Academy aims to stimulate rigorous academic conversation contributing specifically to Agenda 2063 theme 4 “A Peaceful and Secure Africa” and theme 5 “Good Governance, Democracy, Human Rights, Justice and Rule of Law”.