– Location (s):

  • Netherlands
  • The Peace Palace, Carnegieplein 2, 2517 KJ Den Haag

– Overview

The application process for the 2021 International Law Fellowship Programme is now open. Application deadline: 30 March 2021.

– Details

Introduction

The United Nations International Law Fellowship Programme is organized by the Codification Division of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs.

Objectives

The Fellowship Programme provides high-quality training by prominent international law scholars and practitioners on a broad range of core topics 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.

The Fellowship Programme accommodates up to 20 participants.

The Programme

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 Fellowship Programme is conducted in English or French.

Course structure

The United Nations International Law Fellowship Programme consists of a six-week summer course at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the Netherlands. During three weeks, the participants attend the public international law session at The Hague Academy of International Law in the mornings, and lectures and seminars organized by the Codification Division of the Office of Legal Affairs in the afternoons. During the remaining three weeks, the participants attend lectures and seminars organized by the Codification Division in the mornings and afternoons.

A number of study visits are also arranged to international institutions located in The Hague.

The Fellowship Programme is conducted in the form of interactive seminars and discussions to allow a maximum exchange of views. The participants are required to contribute to the discussions on the various topics included in the curriculum of the Fellowship Programme.

A comprehensive set of training materials is provided for each participant at the beginning of the Fellowship Programme.

Certificates are awarded only to those participants who have completed the Fellowship Programme in its entirety.

– 2021 Fellowship Programme

Subject to developments related to COVID-19, the 2021 Fellowship Programme will be held at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the Netherlands, from 28 June to 6 August 2021.

The topics that will be covered in the seminars and lectures organized by the Codification Division included:

  • Introduction to international law
  • Treaty law
  • International responsibility
  • International peace and security
  • Peaceful settlement of international disputes
  • Diplomatic and consular law
  • International organizations
  • International human rights law
  • International humanitarian law
  • International criminal law
  • International environmental law
  • Law of the sea
  • International trade law
  • International investment law

– Description of Ideal Candidate:

PARTICIPATION/QUALIFICATIONS OF APPLICANTS

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. The Fellowship Programme will accommodate 20 participants from developing countries and countries with emerging economies.

– Dates:

  • Deadline: March 30, 2021
  • Program Starts: June 28, 2021
  • Program Ends: August 06, 2021

– Cost/funding for participants:

  • Fully Funded/Not Funded
  • Financial arrangements

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.