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Visiting Scholars

Each year the University of Houston Law Center hosts visiting foreign scholars to help them continue their legal research in Houston. Since 2008, the school has welcomed more than 56 scholars from 19 countries – with interest and applications increasing each year. 

Most visiting scholars are funded by their university, home government, or through organizations such as Fulbright International.  When possible, scholars should plan to begin their visit in August or January.  Visitors may apply at any time, but should allow a minimum of two months for the University of Houston to process paperwork and issue visa documents.

Here’s how to apply:

Visiting Scholars Application Information

Prospective Visiting Scholars Application

The school provides shared office space, and access to the law library and Internet.  Visiting scholars may, with approval, audit a class when the time of their visit coincides with the beginning of a semester. The Law Center may be unable to accommodate all requests. 

Current Scholars

Aubin Nzaou is Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow in Law and Energy Policy, Fellow at the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources (EENR) Center, and Associate Fellow at the Center of U.S. and Mexican Law at University of Houston Law Center (U.S.). In his current position, he carries out research on Energy Transition Law and Policy. He is also Scholar at the Center for European Studies (CEE), and at the Research Group for Comparative, European and International Law (EDIEC) at Jean Moulin University Lyon 3 (France).

Prior to joining the University of Houston Law Center, Dr. Nzaou was Assistant Professor at the School of Law and Fellow at the Center for International Law at Jean Moulin University Lyon 3. He also was Assistant Professor at the School of Law, Economics and Management at University of Nîmes (France), Fellow of the CHROME Research Group (Detection, Evaluation, Management of CHRONIC AND EMERGING Risks) as well as Faculty Member of the Department of Law and Economics. He was formerly an Invited Lecturer at Senghor University, Alexandria (Egypt), and an Associate Lecturer at the School of Law at University Lumière of Lyon 2, Lyon (France), as well a Visiting Scholar at the Research Center for Environmental and Urban Planning Law (SERES), and fellow at the Interdisciplinary Research Institute for Legal Science of the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium).

Aubin Nzaou holds a Ph.D. in Public International Law from Jean-Moulin University Lyon 3, whose dissertation examined the challenging interaction, within a pattern of complexity, between Oil and Gas Production and Environmental Protection. Dr. Nzaou has also completed a Postgraduate Program in Sustainability Leadership at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership at University of Cambridge and a LLM at University of Limoges.

Dr. Nzaou is currently a member of the World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL), a fellow of the Platform on International Energy Governance, established within the framework of University of Cambridge, University of Oxford and University College of London. He is also a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), American Society of International Law (ASIL), European Society of International Law (ESIL), and French Society for International Law (SFDI).