Fully-funded Fellowship for Candidates with Professional Experience in International law in the United Nations Regional Courses in International Law for Africa 2021

Sign up for the United Nations Regional Courses in International Law for a chance to receive high-quality training from leading scholars and practitioners on a broad range of core subjects of international law. 

Selected Fellows will have the opportunity to share experiences and exchange ideas on legal matters in the region, attend seminars given by prominent international law scholars, and deepen their knowledge of international law and of the legal work of the United Nations and its associated bodies.

Application Deadline: November 23, 2020. 

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Benefits

For successful Fellows, 

  • The fellowship will cover – 
    • Travel
    • Accommodation
    • Feeding 
    • Health insurance
    • Training materials. 
  • A moderate stipend to cover other essential expenses will be granted.

Eligibility

To qualify for consideration for the Regional Courses, candidates must – 

  • Have a legal background with professional experience in International law. 
  • Be fluent in French. 
  • Be available to attend the course in its entirety. 
  • Be from Member States of the United Nations which are also members of the African Group French. 

Requirements/Specifications 

  • The 2021 Regional Course will be conducted in French.
  • The sponsoring institution has to fill out certain parts of an applicant’s application form, but completed application forms can also be sent directly to the Codification Division of the Office of Legal Affairs.
  • The Regional Course is open to academia and professionals from intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and similar institutions engaged in international law activities in the relevant region. 
  • Current staff members of the United Nations are not eligible to apply. 
  • Candidates who are not government officials can be nominated by the institution which they work for or with which they are affiliated.
  • For self-funded participants, costs associated with their participation in the Regional Course (e.g. travel, medical insurance, accommodation, living expenses) will not be covered. 
  • The fellowship covers medical insurance; however, many medical institutions require advance payment for services.

The stipend provided by the fellowship does not include funds for such advance payments and selected fellows should therefore bear this in mind when preparing for their stay.

  • Candidates that have applied for the Regional Courses in the past but were not selected can re-apply this year by submitting a new completed application to the Codification Division of the Office of Legal Affairs.
  • Selected Fellows must attend the Regional Course in its entirety, without exceptions.
  • Certificates will be awarded only to participants who have completed the Regional Course in its entirety.
  • Countries are strongly urged to nominate several candidates, as long as they all meet the required qualifications. 

A candidate’s chances do not necessarily increase if he or she is the only applicant from a specific country.

  • Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • A comprehensive set of training materials will be provided to each participant for him/her to keep by the beginning of the Regional Course.
  • The United Nations does not charge any fee at any stage of the application and selection process. 

The United Nations does not concern itself with information on candidates’ bank accounts.

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Application Instructions

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About the United Nations Regional Courses in International Law for Africa

The United Nations Regional Courses in International Law for Africa is organized by the Codification Division of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs. 

The Regional Courses provide intensive qualitative training by leading scholars and practitioners on a broad range of core subjects of international law. 

The Regional Courses are 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 Regional Courses may include seminars on the following topics:

  • Introduction to 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
  • African Union law and institutions
  • Organization of American States law and institutions
  • International human rights law
  • Movements of persons
  • International humanitarian law
  • International criminal law
  • International environmental law
  • International watercourses
  • Law of the sea
  • International trade law
  • International investment law
  • Legal research
  • Legal drafting

The Regional Courses will be conducted in the form of interactive seminars and discussions to allow utmost exchange of views. The participants are expected to contribute to the discussions on the various topics included in the curriculum of the Regional Courses.

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Key Dates and Order of Program

The application deadline is 23rd November, 2020.

The 2021 Regional Course will be held from 10th February 2021 to 9th March 2021. 

In the selection process, applicants will be selected based on the following criteria-

  • Candidates’ qualifications
  • Scope of their professional duties
  • Relevance of the training to their professional duties
  • Gender balance. 

Fellowship participants and self-funded participants will be selected through the same application process, are subject to the same selection criteria, and have the same rights and obligations in the Regional Course. 

Preference will be given to candidates that are already present in the host city of the Regional Course (Addis Ababa).

The course will accommodate up to 30 participants, including a limited number of spaces for self-funded participants.

The 2021 Regional Course will be held at the facilities of the ECA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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