The second International Law Seminar for African Universities will be conducted by AIIL at the Economic Commission for Africa in cooperation with the host country, Ethiopia, the African Union and the Codification Division of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs under the United Nations Programme of Assistance in the Teaching, Study, Dissemination and Wider Appreciation of International Law pursuant to General Assembly resolution 70/116.
This second seminar is being organised in accordance with the aim of the AIIL to enhance the teaching and research capacities of African law faculties in the field of international law and the law of the African Union. The goal is to establish an annual international law seminar for professors, lecturers and researchers with the faculties of law of the African universities to increase international and African Union law training opportunities for law students studying in academic institutions across the continent.
The International Law Seminar is intended to enable qualified academics to deepen their knowledge of international law and African Union law as well as the work of the United Nations and of the African Union in the field of international law. It will 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 Africa to enhance the expertise of the participants and thereby strengthen the teaching and research capacity of their institutions. 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 International Law Seminar will also promote cooperation among universities, research institutes and training centers in Africa and thereby contribute to the African Institute’s goal of establishing a network of academic institutions in Africa to promote international law and African Union law training throughout the continent.
The International Law Seminar is subject to funding by voluntary contributions to promote capacity building in international law education for academic institutions in Africa.
The two-week seminar will include lectures on following subjects: International Law, African Union Law and Institutions, International and African Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Criminal Law, Trade Law, Environmental Law and the Law of the Sea as well as informal briefings and practical workshops on teaching and researching international law.
METHODOLOGY AND TRAINING MATERIAL
The training course will be conducted in the form of interactive seminars and discussions to allow a maximum exchange of views. A comprehensive set of training materials would be provided for each participant at the beginning of the training course. Certificates are awarded to those participants who have completed the training seminar in its entirety.
PARTICIPATION/QUALIFICATIONS OF APPLICANTS
The seminar is open to faculty members of academic institutions in Africa. To qualify for this seminar, candidates must have a legal background with professional experience in the field of international law teaching or research. The training seminar will accommodate up to 30 participants.
When selecting participants for the seminar, due consideration will be given to the candidates’ qualifications, the scope of their professional duties, the relevance of the training to their professional duties as well as geographic and gender balance of the participants. Applications from female candidates are encouraged. Due consideration will be given to those candidates who are already present in the host city of the seminar.
Qualified candidates who are interested in participating in the seminar need to submit a completed application form by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Tuesday, 28 February 2017.
VENUE AND COURSE LANGUAGE
The seminar will be held at the Economic Commission for Africa from 19 to 30 June 2017. 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.
FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS AND ACCOMMODATION
Fellowship participants will receive economy airfare, accommodations and a stipend. Self-funded participants bear costs associated with their participation (travel, accommodation and living expenses). Training materials will be provided to all participants.
Application Deadline: Tuesday, 28 February 2017
Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
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