United Nations Regional Course in International Law for Africa

The United Nations Regional Course in International Law for Africa is organized by the Codification Division of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs in cooperation with the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the African Union, and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). The Regional Course will hold at the facilities of the ECA in Addis Ababa, from 10 February to 9 March 2021. The Regional Course will be conducted in French. The course will accommodate up to 30 participants, including a limited number of spaces for self-funded participants.

The Regional Courses provide high-quality training by leading scholars and practitioners on a broad range of core subjects of international law, as well as specific subjects of particular interest 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 will 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.

Course content

The Regional Courses consist of seminars given by prominent international law scholars and practitioners from different regions and legal systems.

The Regional Courses may include seminars on the following topics:

  • Introduction to international law
  • Treaty law
  • State responsibility
  • International peace and security
  • Peaceful settlement of international disputes
  • Diplomatic and consular law
  • International organizations
  • United Nations institutions and law making
  • The Work of the International Law Commission
  • African Union law and institutions
  • Organization of American States law and institutions
  • International human rights law
  • Movements of persons
  • International humanitarian law
  • International criminal law
  • The International environmental law
  • International watercourses
  • Law of the sea
  • International trade law
  • International investment law
  • Legal research and Legal drafting

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.

At the beginning of the Regional Course. each participant will receive a comprehensive set of training materials for him/her to keep.  The participants who complete the Regional Course in its entirety will receive certificates.


  • To qualify for the Regional Courses, candidates must have a legal background with professional experience in the field of international law. Candidates must also be fluent in the language of the Course (French in 2021).
  • The successful candidates will need to certify that they are able to attend the course in its entirety.
  • The Regional Course accommodates up to 30 participants.

This Regional Course is open to candidates from Member States of the United Nations which are also members of the African Group.

Selection process

When selecting participants for the Regional Courses, United Nations will give due consideration to the candidates’ qualifications, to the scope of their professional duties, to the relevance of the training to their professional duties, and to gender balance. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Also, United Nations, will give due consideration to those candidates who are already present in the host city of the Regional Course (Addis Ababa).

The United Nations does not charge a fee at any stage of the application and selection process. The United Nations does not concern itself with information on candidates’ bank accounts.

Financial arrangements

For those participants receiving a fellowship, the fellowship will cover travel, accommodation, meals, medical insurance, and training materials. Also, fellowship recipients will receive a modest 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 spaces for self-funded participants. With the exception of training materials, self-funded participants bear all costs associated with their participation in the Regional Course (e.g. travel, medical insurance, accommodation and living expenses).

For more information, visit the official webpage of the 2021 United Nations Regional Course in International Law for Africa.

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