The 2021/2022 United Nations Regional Course in International Law is coordinated by the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs’ Codification Division in collaboration with the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the African Union, and the Economic Commission for Africa of the United Nations (ECA).
The Regional Course will be held in French and will accommodate up to 30 participants, including a limited number of spaces for self-funded participants.
About the award
The Regional Courses provide leading academics and professionals with high-quality instruction on a wide variety of central subjects of international law.
As well as relevant subjects of special concern to countries in the area in question.
Moreover, the immersive aspect of the training encourages participants to share their perspectives and exchange thoughts, thus fostering deeper understanding and collaboration on legal issues in the field.
The Regional Courses are intended to allow trained practitioners to deepen their knowledge of international law and the legal work of the United Nations
And also its affiliated bodies, in particular government officials and teachers of international law from developed countries and countries with emerging economies.
The fellowships cover the travel of the recipient of the fellowship in economic class, accommodation, meals, medical insurance, participation in the Regional Course, and training materials.
Participants will also receive a stipend to cover other living expenses following the policies and procedures governing the administration of United Nations fellowships.
Skilled applicants can also apply for self-funded positions. Self-funded participants bear all costs associated with their participation (travel, accommodation, and living expenses).
Training materials and lunches are supplied to all participants during the weekdays.
What is International Law?
International law is a system of treaties and agreements between nations which governs how nations communicate with other nations, other nations’ citizens, and other nations’ businesses.
Typically, international law falls into two different categories.
Private international law deals with disputes between private entities, such as individuals or companies, which have an important relationship with more than one country.
For instance, lawsuits arising from the leakage of toxic gas from industrial plants owned by Union Carbide, a U.S. corporation, in Bhopal, India, would be considered a matter of private international law.
The relationships between nations are concerned with public international law. These include international conduct standards, maritime laws, economic law, diplomatic law, environmental law, human rights law, and humanitarian law.
In a set of treaties, certain concepts of public international law are written or codified, but others are not written down anywhere.
However, these are known as customary rules, and by doing nothing, nations consent to them.
Since most international law is governed by treaties, the law is usually enforced by individual countries.
There are a few global organizations, however, that enforce certain treaties. The United Nations, which has 192 member states, is the most notable example.
The Regional Courses provide leading scholars and practitioners with high-quality training on a wide range of core international law subjects, as well as on specific subjects of particular interest in a given region.
Moreover, the collaborative nature of the training enables participants to share their perspectives and exchange ideas, thus fostering greater understanding and collaboration on legal issues in the field.
The Regional Courses are intended to enable qualified professionals to deepen their knowledge of international law and the legal work of the United Nations.
And also its affiliated bodies, in particular government officials and teachers of international law from developing countries and countries with emerging economies.
The Regional Courses are comprised of seminars given by leading scholars of international law and practitioners from various regions and legal systems.
The Regional Courses can include seminars on the following subjects:
- Introduction to international law
- The Treaty Rule
- State accountability
- Peace and stability globally
- Peaceful bilateral dispute resolution
- Consular and diplomatic rule
- About Foreign Organizations
- Institutions of the United Nations and law-making
- The Work of the Commission for International Law
- Law and Institutions of the African Union
- Legislation and institutions of the Association of American States
- International law relating to human rights
- Movements of individuals
- Humanitarian Foreign Law
- Illegal international law
- Environmental international law
- Watercourses internationally
- The Sea Rule
- International Law on Exchange
- Investment law worldwide
- Valid legal research
- Valid drafting of laws
The Regional Courses are conducted in the form of interactive seminars and discussions to allow a maximum exchange of views.
The participants are expected to contribute to the discussions on the various topics included in the curriculum of the Regional Courses.
The Regional Course starts at the beginning. Each participant is provided with a detailed collection of training materials for him or her to maintain.
Only those participants who have completed the Regional Course in its entirety are granted certificates.
It is pertinent to note that, applicants must have a legit legal background with professional experience in the field of international law to qualify to be considered for the Regional Courses.
The applicants chosen are expected to certify that they can attend the course in its entirety.
It accommodates up to 30 participants in the regional course.
This Regional Course is open to applicants from United Nations Member States who are also members of the African Community.
Due consideration shall be given to the qualifications of the candidates, to the scope of their professional duties, to the relevance of the training to their professional duties.
In like manner, gender balance when selecting participants for the Regional Courses. Female applicants however are also motivated to apply.
At every point in the application and selection process, the United Nations does not charge a fee.
The United Nations is not concerned with details on the bank accounts of candidates.
The fellowship would include travel, lodging, meals, medical care, and training materials for all members earning a fellowship.
Following the policies and procedures governing the administration of United Nations fellowships, fellowship recipients will also receive a modest stipend to cover other living expenses.
For self-funded applicants, there will also be a limited number of rooms.
Self-funded participants bear all costs associated with their participation in the Regional Course (e.g. travel, medical care, lodging, and living expenses), except for training materials.
In order to qualify for the Regional Courses all candidates must consider the following;
- Applicants must have a legal education in the area of international law and professional experience.
- Candidates must also be fluent in the language (French in 2021) in which the course is offered.
- The candidates selected are required to certify that they can attend the course in its entirety. It accommodates up to 30 participants in the regional course.
- The chosen candidates are expected to request a good health medical certificate and to certify that they are in a condition to attend the race in its entirety.
- The results are given to the candidates when selecting participants for the Regional Courses, according to the nature of their professional duties, the importance of the training to their professional duties, and the balance of gender.
- Female applicants are highly encouraged to apply.
- For those who are already present in the host city of the Regional Course (Addis Ababa), due consideration is also granted.
DEADLINE: November 23, 2020
Program Duration: The Regional Course will take place at the ECA facility in Addis Ababa, from 10 February to 9 March 2021.
For applicants from the following countries, the Regional Course is open:
Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
This is how to apply: Download and fill the Application Form to apply for the award.
The United Nations does not charge a fee at any stage of the application and selection process.
Furthermore, the United Nations does not concern itself with information on candidate bank accounts.
Moreover, the collaborative nature of the sessions enables all candidates to share perspectives and also exchange ideas, thus fostering greater understanding and collaboration in the field of legal matters.
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