Applications Invited for United Nations International Law Fellowship Programme

Applications Invited for United Nations International Law Fellowship Programme

Organization: United Nations

Apply By: 24 Feb 2020

About the Organization:

United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945 and committed to maintaining international peace and security; developing friendly relations among nations; promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights.

International Law Fellowship Programme:

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 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 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.

Course Content:

  • 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 delivered by eminent scholars and practitioners in international law from different regions and legal systems.
  • The curriculum will include seminars on the following subjects: 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.
  • Study visits will also be arranged to international institutions located in The Hague.

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.

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 Member States which did not have a fellowship recipient attend the Fellowship Programme in the previous years.

Venue and Course Language:

  • The Fellowship Programme will be held at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the Netherlands, from 29 June to 7 August 2020.
  • The 2020 Fellowship Programme will be conducted in French. Fluency in spoken and written French is required. Applicants whose mother tongue or language of instruction is not French are required to submit proof of their language abilities. Applications without a valid language certification will not be considered.

Financial Arrangements and Accommodation:

  • Fellowships cover the fellowship recipient’s travel costs in economy class, accommodation, medical insurance, participation in the Fellowship Programme, the training materials 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 small 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, medical insurance, living expenses and registration fee for The Hague Academy of International Law). Training materials are provided to self-funded participants free of charge.

Application Deadline: 24 February 2020

Two copies of the application form must be submitted:

  • One scanned version of the signed original; and
  • One electronic version (MS word or equivalent)

Additional information and application forms are available at the website of the International Law Fellowship Programme: https://legal.un.org/poa/ilfp.

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