The 2014-2015 United Nations International Law Fellowship programme is now open to qualified persons, particularly law graduates, mid-level government legal officers and young teachers of international law from developing countries amongst others, to deepen their knowledge of international law.
The Fellowship Programme consists of a six-week summer course at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the Netherlands. Fellows attend courses in public international law at The Hague Academy of International Law and participate in lectures and seminars organized by the Codification Division of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs. The courses are given in either English or French. The 2014 Programme will be conducted in French.
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The Fellowship Programme will cover the fellowship recipient’s travel costs in economy class, medical insurance, the training material and the registration fee for The Hague Academy of International Law. In accordance with policies and procedures governing the administration of United Nations fellowships, participants will receive a stipend to cover their living expenses. Accommodation will also be provided by the Fellowship Programme.
Additional places will be made available for self-funded participants from developed countries and employees of international organizations who will have to bear all costs associated with their participation (travel, accommodation, living expenses, registration fee for The Hague Academy of International Law).
The 2014 Fellowship Programme will be held at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the Netherlands, from 30 June to 8 August 2014. It will be conducted in French.
- When selecting the participants, due consideration will be given to the candidates’ qualifications, to the scope of their professional duties and to adequate geographical and gender distribution of the fellowships. Applications from female candidates are strongly encouraged.
- Fellows are selected on the basis of their qualifications, the needs of their respective countries and the potential benefits they may derive from the fellowship in their professional life. Preference will be given to candidates from countries whose nationals have not been awarded a fellowship in the immediately preceding years and to candidates from least developed countries.
- To qualify for the fellowship, candidates should be between 24 and 45 years of age at the beginning of the Fellowship Programme. They should be law graduates with practical experience in the field of international law acquired by working for a public or private organization or a university. Candidates will have to certify that they are able to attend the entire Programme period.
- Candidates must be able to submit evidence of their 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).
- The Programme accommodates up to 20 fellowships.
The topics that will be covered in the seminars and lectures organized by the Codification Division may include:
- Introduction to international law
- Treaty law
- State responsibility
- International peace and security
- Peaceful settlement of international disputes
- Diplomatic and consular law
- International organizations
- International human rights law
- Movements of persons
- International humanitarian law
- International criminal law
- International environmental law
- Law of the sea
- International trade law
- International investment law
How to Apply
- 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 presents 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).
The application should be sent by email to: [email protected]
Two versions of the application form must be submitted:
(1) One scanned copy of the signed original (for example in pdf, tif, or jpg)
(2) One electronic version (MS Word or equivalent) of the application
Deadline: The deadline for applications is December 1, 2013. Applications received after this date will not be considered.
For details on the scholarship and the application form, click here
Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted.