25 June 2013
The forty-ninth session of the International Law Seminar, which has been organized annually since 1965 by the United Nations Office at Geneva on the occasion of the annual session of the International Law Commission, will take place at the Palais des Nations from 8 to 26 July 2013.
The Seminar is open to nationals of Member States of the United Nations and is intended for post-graduate students and young university lecturers specializing in international law, junior government officials and jurists dealing with issues of international law in order to familiarize them with the work of the International Law Commission as well as with the codification and development of international law. It also serves as a forum for an exchange of views among jurists representing different legal systems on the topics currently considered by the Commission and on international law in general, as well as on the various activities of the United Nations and other international organizations based in Geneva.
Finally, the Seminar provides the participants with the opportunity of meeting with the members of the Commission and of benefiting from their experience as specialists in international law.
As has become customary, members of the Commission demonstrate their support for the Seminar by giving most of the lectures, although some lecturers will be well-known international law professors, UN staff members, or lawyers from the specialized agencies or other intergovernmental organizations.
Each lecture is followed by an interactive dialogue. The topics are selected among those which have been examined or are currently under study by the Commission and other organs of the United Nations and the specialized agencies in charge of legal questions.
During the three-week session, the participants will also attend the plenary meetings of the Commission and research specific topics of interest to the ILC in small working groups.
At the end of the Seminar, the participants will be awarded a diploma certifying their participation.
Participation in the Seminar this year is limited to 24. Fellowships are awarded through voluntary contributions from Member States. Since 1965, fellowships have been awarded to 684 out of 1118 participants in the Seminar from 170 countries.
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