The United Nations Regional Courses in International Law are conducted under the United Nations Programme of Assistance in the Teaching, Study, Dissemination and Wider Appreciation of International Law, which was established by General Assembly resolution 2099 (XX) of 20 December 1965 to contribute towards a better knowledge of international law as a means of strengthening international peace and security and promoting friendly relations and cooperation among States.
The Regional Courses were most recently mandated under General Assembly resolution 72/115 of 7 December 2017. They are organized by the Codification Division of the
United Nations Office of Legal Affairs.
The Regional Course for Asia-Pacific is organized by the Codification Division, in cooperation with the Government of Thailand and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
The Regional Courses provide high-quality training by leading scholars and practitioners from different regions and legal systems on a broad range of core subjects of international law, as well as specific subjects of particular interest to the countries in a given region. In addition, the interactive nature of the training allows the participants to share experiences and exchange ideas, which promotes greater understanding and cooperation on legal matters in the region.
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 consist of seminars given by eminent scholars and practitioners in
international law from different regions and legal systems.
The curriculum would include seminars on the following core subjects as well as other subjects of particular interest to a given region including: International law, treaty law, State responsibility, international peace and security, peaceful settlement of international disputes, international human rights law, international humanitarian law, international criminal law, international environmental law, law of the sea, international trade law and international investment law.
Methodology and Training Material
The Regional Courses are conducted in the form of interactive seminars and discussions to allow a maximum exchange of views. A comprehensive set of training materials is provided for each participant at the beginning of the Regional Course. Certificates are awarded to participants who have completed the Regional Course in its entirety.
Participation/Qualification of Application
To be considered for the Regional Courses, 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 entire course period.
The Regional Courses accommodate up to 30 participants. This Regional Course is open to candidates from Member States from the Asia and the Pacific Regional Group.
When selecting participants for the Regional Courses, 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 and gender balance of the fellowships. Applications from female candidates are encouraged. Due consideration is also given to those candidates who are already present in the host city of the Regional Course.
Venue and Course Language
The Regional Course for Asia-Pacific will be held at the facilities of ESCAP, in Bangkok, from
19 November to 14 December 2018. It will be conducted in English. Fluency in spoken and written English is required.
Applicants whose mother tongue or language of instruction is not English are required to submit proof of their language abilities. Applications without a valid language certification are not considered.
Financial Arrangements and Accommodation
For participants awarded a fellowship, the fellowship will cover travel, accommodation, meals, medical insurance, participation in the Regional Course and the training materials.
Fellowship recipients will also receive a small stipend to cover other living expenses in accordance with the policies and procedures governing the administration of United Nations fellowships.
There will also be a limited number of slots for self-funded participants. With the exception of training materials and lunches during training days, which are provided to all participants, self funded participants bear all costs associated with their participation in the Regional Course (travel, accommodation and living expenses).
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Complete applications should be sent by email no later than Monday, 18 June 2018 to email@example.com.
Two versions of the application form must be submitted:
- One scanned copy of the signed original (for example in pdf, tif, or jpg.)
- One electronic MS Word version (or equivalent) of the application
Application Deadline: Monday, 18 June 2018
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