United Nations offers international law fellowship programme. To qualify for the Fellowship Programme, candidates should be between 24 and 45 years of age at the beginning of the Fellowship Programme. They 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 entire course period. The Fellowship Programme will be held at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the Netherlands, from 27 June to 5 August 2016.
Study Subject (s): The Fellowship Programme consists of participation in lectures and seminars in international law organized by the Codification Division as well as in 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 curriculum will include seminars on the following subjects: Introduction to international law, treaty law, State responsibility, international peace and security, peaceful settlement of international disputes, international organizations, international human rights law, international humanitarian law, international criminal law, international environmental law, law of the sea, international trade law and international investment law.
Course Level: The United Nations International Law Fellowship Programme consists of a six-week summer course at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands.
Scholarship Provider: Codification Division of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs
Scholarship can be taken at: Netherlands
Eligibility: To qualify for the Fellowship Programme, candidates should be between 24 and 45 years of age at the beginning of the Fellowship Programme. They 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 entire course period.
Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries: Applicants from developing countries and countries with emerging economies can apply.
Scholarship Description: The United Nations International Law Fellowship Programme is conducted under the United Nations Programme of Assistance in the Teaching, Study, Dissemination and Wider Appreciation of International Law, established by General Assembly resolution 2099 (XX) of 20 December 1965. The Fellowship Programme is organized by the Codification Division of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs. The Fellowship Programme provides high-quality training by prominent international law 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.
Number of award(s): The Fellowship Programme will accommodate 21 participants from developing countries and countries with emerging economies.
Duration of award(s): The Fellowship Programme will be held at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the Netherlands, from 27 June to 5 August 2016. It will be conducted in French.
What does it cover? 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.
Selection Criteria: 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 which did not have a fellowship recipient attend the Fellowship Programme in the previous years.
How to Apply: The application should be sent by email to: ilfp-at-un.org. 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). 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.
Scholarship Application Deadline: The deadline for application is 1st December 2015.