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United Nations International Law Fellowship Programme

Organización de Naciones Unidas (ONU)


  • To have a legal background with professional experience in the field of international law;

  • Submit a medical certificate of good health and to certify that they are able to attend the entire course period.


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

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 2017 Programme will be conducted in English.

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. 

The 2017 Fellowship Programme will be held at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the Netherlands, from 26 June to 4 August 2017. It will be conducted in English.

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

- International law

- Treaty law

- State responsibility

- International peace and security

- Peaceful settlement of international disputes

- Diplomatic and consular law

- International organizations

- UN institutions and law making

- The work of the International Law Commission

- 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

- Legislative drafting

Complete the application form in English, 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 English must submit evidence of his/her ability to attend and participate in lectures and seminars conducted in English (e.g., diploma of courses conducted in English, language test certificate, extensive work experience in English).

The application should be sent by email to:

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.

The deadline for applications is 16 December 2016. Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

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