Information note

Interested applicants must submit their application before the deadline of 29 March 2017. No applications will be accepted after this date. Applicants must be between 24 and 38 years of age.  This rule will be applied strictly.

Objective

The Seminar is designed  for postgraduate students in international law, young scholars and government officials working in the field of international law, to widen their knowledge of both the work of the International Law Commission and of the codification and progressive development of international law. It also provides an opportunity for young lawyers from different legal systems and cultures to exchange views regarding items on the agenda of the Commission.

The International Law Seminar is not intended to be an introduction to international law. Applicants must prove a sound knowledge of public international law, on the basis of either their postgraduate studies or significant professional experience.

Selection

Twenty-five participants will be selected, by a Selection Committee, to participate in the Seminar.  The Selection Committee is composed of four officials of the United Nations and is chaired by a professor of public international or humanitarian law of a Geneva-based university.  All applications will be considered, but the Selection Committee does not disclose the motivation of its choices and decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

Participation and organization

Participants will attend the plenary meetings of the International Law Commission as well as lectures given by members of the Commission, officials of the United Nations or Specialized Agencies and other professors from academic institutions in Geneva. Participants are expected to take active part in the discussions following each lecture and to produce short reports within small working groups on topics on the agenda of the Commission.

The working languages of the United Nations are English, French and Spanish. As simultaneous interpretation may not be available for all the sessions, candidates must be proficient in at least two of the working languages. All participants will be given access to the library and the cyberspace of the United Nations Office at Geneva.

While participation in the Seminar is free, the United Nations cannot cover the cost of travel or subsistence for all participants. A limited number of fellowships will be made available to participants from developing countries (travel and/or subsistence allowance), depending on the amount of voluntary contributions received from Governments prior to the start of the Seminar.

Programme

Subject to the adoption of the Agenda at the beginning of its sixty‑ninth session, the International Law Commission is expected to deal with the following topics: Protection of persons in the event of disasters; Immunity of State officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction; Subsequent agreements and subsequent practice in relation to the interpretation of treaties; Provisional application of treaties, Identification of customary international aw, Protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts; Protection of the atmosphere, Crimes against humanity, Jus Cogens.