The United Nations International Law Fellowship opens for applications for highly qualified students for the 2020 cycle. The fellowship provides high-quality training by leading scholars and practitioners on a broad range of core subjects of international law.

In addition, the interactive nature of the training allows the participants to share experiences and exchange ideas, which promotes greater understanding and cooperation on contemporary issues of international law. The Fellowship Programme is intended to enable qualified professionals, in particular government officials and teachers of international law from developing countries and countries with emerging economies, to deepen their knowledge of international law and of the legal work of the United Nations and its associated bodies.

The 2020 Fellowship Programme will be held at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the Netherlands, from 29 June to 7 August 2020. It will be conducted in French. The Fellowship Programme consists of an annual six-week summer course at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the Netherlands. The participants attend lectures and seminars in international law organized by the Codification Division as well as the public international law session at The Hague Academy of International Law.

The lectures and seminars organized by the Codification Division are given by prominent international law scholars and practitioners from different regions and legal systems. The topics that were covered in the seminars and lectures organized by the Codification Division included:

  • International law
  • Treaty law
  • State responsibility
  • International peace and security
  • Peaceful settlement of international disputes
  • Diplomatic and consular law
  • International organizations
  • United Nations institutions and law making
  • The work of the International Law Commission
  • International human rights law
  • International humanitarian law
  • International criminal law
  • International environmental law
  • Law of the sea
  • International trade law
  • International investment law
  • Legal research
  • Legislative drafting

Program details

  • The Fellowship Programme accommodates up to 30 participants.
  • The Fellowship Programme consists of an annual six-week summer course at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the Netherlands. The participants attend lectures and seminars in international law organized by the Codification Division as well as the public international law session at The Hague Academy of International Law.
  • The lectures and seminars organized by the Codification Division are given by eminent scholars and practitioners in international law from different regions and legal systems.
  • The Fellowship Programme is conducted in English or French. The 2015 Programme will be conducted in English.

Worth of Award

  • The fellowships cover the fellowship recipient’s travel costs in economy class, accommodation, medical insurance, participation in the Fellowship Programme, the training material and the registration fee for The Hague Academy of International Law.
  • In accordance with the policies and procedures governing the administration of United Nations fellowships, participants will also receive a stipend to cover other living expenses.
  • Qualified candidates may also apply for self-funded positions. Self-funded participants bear all costs associated with their participation (travel, accommodation, living expenses and registration fee for The Hague Academy of International Law).
  • Training materials are provided to all self-funded participants free of charge.

Eligibility

  • To qualify for the Fellowship Programme, candidates must have a legal background with professional experience in the field of international law.
  • The selected participants are required to submit a medical certificate of good health and to certify that they are able to attend the entirety of the course on a full time basis.
  • When selecting participants for the Fellowship Programme, due consideration is given to the candidates’ qualifications, to the scope of their professional duties, to the relevance of the training to their professional duties, geographical distribution and gender balance. Applications from female candidates are strongly encouraged.

  • Due consideration will also be given to candidates from Member States from which there has been no recent fellowship recipient for the International Law Fellowship Programme.

How to apply

  • Application: Complete the application form in French, typewritten. Answers should be clear and as detailed as possible. If you need extra space, you may attach additional pages. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • The “Letter of Transmission” must be completed and signed by a senior official of the institution that is presenting the candidate’s application.

  • A candidate whose mother tongue or language of instruction is not French must submit evidence of his/her ability to attend and participate in lectures and seminars conducted in French (e.g., diploma of courses conducted in French, language test certificate, extensive work experience in French).

  • Two versions of the application form must be submitted:
    (1) One scanned copy of the signed original (for example in PDF or JPG)
    (2) One electronic MS Word version (or equivalent) of the application

    The United Nations does not charge a fee at any stage of the application and selection process, and does not require information with respect to candidates’ bank accounts.

  • The application should be sent by email to: [email protected]

Selection process

  • When selecting participants for the Fellowship Programme, due consideration is given to the candidates’ qualifications, to the scope of their professional duties, to the relevance of the training to their professional duties, geographical distribution and gender balance. Applications from female candidates are strongly encouraged.
  • Due consideration will also be given to candidates from the Member States which did not have a fellowship recipient attend the Fellowship Programme in the previous years.

Deadline: The closing date for applications is  February 24, 2020. Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will not be considered

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