Salzburg Lloyd N. Cutler Fellows Program in International Law

February 24 - March 12, 2022

The University of Chicago Law School is accepting applications for the 2022 Salzburg Lloyd N. Cutler Fellows Program.  Four 2L, 3L, and 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 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 preparation by each Fellow of a paper, to be submitted in a five-to-eight-page executive-summary form by 4th February 2022, for review by the other participants and a group of outstanding law professors, judges, and practitioners.  

The program components will be spread over roughly three weeks (February 24-March 12, 2022). The small group break-out sessions in which fellows present their papers before faculty members and fellow participants of the same session will be conducted via short virtual sessions. Due to their exam schedule, University of Chicago Law School and Stanford Law School participants will present their papers during the first paper workshop session on February 24th.

Depending on the state of the pandemic this winter, The Salzburg Lloyd N. Cutler Fellows Program will decide whether to hold an in-person session in Washington on March 11-12 or virtually that weekend. Regardless of the format, the events that weekend will include public lectures and discussions with mentors (many of whom are Cutler Fellow alumni) to advise on different careers involving international law. All representatives are required to meet their school’s requirements for in-person instruction to attend.

Who Can Apply? This program is open to 2L and 3L students, and to LLM students by invitation.  Students with strong international experience and/or backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.  A maximum of four UChicago Law students will be admitted. If the event on Mar 11-12 is offered in person, the University of Chicago Law School will cover the travel costs, including an economy class plane ticket Chicago-DC-Chicago and a two night lodging, for the participants who meet the University of Chicago requirements for domestic travel and choose to attend the event.

How Do I Apply?  Please submit the following documents to Aican Nguyen at by 5th January 2022.

  1. Cover letter explaining your background and interest in the Cutler Program
  2. Unofficial transcript
  3. Resume or CV
  4. Two-page abstract describing 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. Abstracts should generally fit in one of these major areas: i) humanitarian law, human rights, and use of force; ii) international economic, investment, and monetary law; iii) international trade, anti-corruption, and anti-trust; iv) international institutions and international relations; and v) 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.

Questions? Please contact Aican Nguyen at or 773-702-0184.