Independent research gives researchers the opportunity to work closely with a mentor on a topic of mutual interest, usually with the goal of the researcher producing a major or substantial independent research paper.  Independent research may be supervised by a mentor of the Centre, or Visiting Fellow, Emeriti, centre members holding the title of “Clinical Mentor of Law”, Professors from Practice, Senior Lecturers at the Law School University of Bucharest who are in full-time residence. Visiting Fellow may supervise independent research if they are willing and available to work with young researchers until the independent research is completed, which in many cases will be after their visit has ended. 

Please follow these steps to register for an independent research:

  • Discuss the project with the Center member;
  • Obtain the Center member’s written consent to supervise the project via his or her signature on a properly completed Independent Research Petition (available online at; and
  • Submit the form to the Secretariat of the Centre.

Some researchers use the independent research as an opportunity to attempt to “write-on” to a journal or to be part of a bigger real life project.  A young researcher may receive academic credit for a journal submission only if it meets these criteria:

  1. The work must be entirely original and written independently by the young researcher.
  2. If the young researcher has submitted a Topic Proposal to the journal to determine whether the journal is interested in the topic, the young researcher may not receive any research or editorial assistance from journal staff members while the project is in process without prior approval of the fellow member who will be evaluating the paper.
  3. young researchers may work only with the academic members of the Centre during the research and writing stage.
  4. The paper may be submitted to the journal only after it has been accepted for credit by an academic member.