Visiting Doctoral Researchers

Visiting Doctoral Researchers are doctoral candidates enrolled in a doctoral degree program at another institution abroad who wish to benefit from spending one year of their research at NYU School of Law. They will be fully integrated into the JSD program as far as is relevant. The JSD Program invites approximately six to eight individuals each academic year to contribute to the Visiting Doctoral Researcher position in the JSD Program.

The Visiting Doctoral Researchers are actively integrated into the Law School community through various academic and social programs, including an invitation to participate in the JSD Forum where they may present their research.

Benefits of Participation
Participating in the Visiting Doctoral Researcher program will include the following benefits:

  1. Participation in all Law School events including those especially of the JSD Program
  2. Integration, as far as possible, into the activities and events of NYU School of Law's JSD program
  3. Workspace within the Law School. Please note that work space is not guaranteed; however, we will do our best to provide some work space if any is available to us
  4. Access to the NYU School of Law Library, including WestLaw and LEXIS
  5. An email account

The invitation to join the Law School as a Visiting Doctoral Researcher is also an invitation to a life-long relationship with the JSD Program at NYU School of Law, one that will continue to foster excellence in legal scholarship. If you are interested in applying, please view the program information and application instructions links.


Current Visiting Doctoral Researchers

Academic Year 2021-2022


Jan-Phillip Graf VDR Fellow

Jan-Phillip Graf 
Visiting Doctoral Researcher

Jan-Phillip is a PhD candidate and SYLFF Young Leaders Fellow at the German Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (Ruhr University Bochum). His PhD thesis ‘A Human Right to Asylum for Refugee Children’ focuses on the human rights of refugee children in the special context of international migration. His research objective is a comprehensive analysis of all procedural and substantive rights refugee children enjoy under international law and their domestic implementation. At NYU, Jan-Phillip will complete his analysis of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and begin with a comparative study of the immigration processes child refugees undergo in the U.S. and Europe.

Jan-Phillip holds a master’s degree in international law from the Graduate Institute in Geneva, during which he was an exchange student at Harvard Law School. He has also studied international relations at Dresden University and history at Ruhr-University Bochum. As a research associate at the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict and a former assistant to the UN’s International Law Commission, he regularly comments on current developments in international law on Völkerrechtsblog and Verfassungsblog.