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XXXIII Course on International Law (2006)

“International Law in the Americas: 100 years of the Inter-American Juridical Committee”

1. Venue: Centro Empresarial Rio, Praia Botafogo #228, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

2. Date: July 31st to August 25th, 2006

3. Modality: On-site

4. Length: Four (4) weeks.

5. Languages: English and Spanish

6. Objectives: Study, discussion of and update on topics related to Public and Private International Law.

7. Program: The program of the Course is designed by the Inter-American Juridical Committee and the Secretariat for Legal Affairs (SLA) of the OAS. The main topic of this year´s course will be “International Law in the Americas: 100 years of the Inter-American Juridical Committee”. The course will consist of two morning sessions from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and one session in the afternoons from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. A certificate of attendance will be issued to participants attending at least 90% of classes and pass two of three tests administered within the four weeks. Each participant may present a written paper on one of the specific topics addressed during the course program, within six months of its conclusion, previous presentation of a hypothesis and work sketch before the end of the course. If the final paper is considered satisfactory, the participant will receive a certificate of approval. Classes are given in Spanish or English.

8. Requirements:
• Be a citizen or permanent resident of one of the OAS member states;
• Have a professional degree in Law or International Relations. Candidates must submit a copy of their professional credentials and certification of courses taken, as well as their respective grades
• Have professional experience on international law and international relations;
• Be no more than 40 years old;
• Be nominated by a government agency, an institution of higher learning, or by a public or private institution directly related to international law and international relations, which must guarantee that the services of the fellow will be utilized upon his/her return;
• Have good comprehension of Spanish and English;
• Be physically fit to fulfill the obligations of the course;
• Submit a duly completed request before the deadline established by the National Liaison Organization (ONE) . The candidate is responsible for finding out the deadline set by the ONE in his/her country of residence.

The deadline for presentation of applications to the (ONE) differs from country to country and should therefore be confirmed with the relevant ONE in the applicant's country of origin or permanent residence.

9. Benefits:
• The OAS provides roundtrip air fare, economy class, from the fellow’s place of residence to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
• Health insurance.
• Subsistence allowance in the amount of US $ 650.00.

No subsistence allowance will be paid to selected fellows who reside in Rio de Janeiro’s metropolitan area.

Selected fellows will receive information about the places in which other fellows have been hosted in the past, as well as the names of other selected fellows from the same nationality, in case they wish to share accommodations.

10. Responsibility of the Selected Candidates:
• It is estimated that the cost of living for each student in Rio de Janeiro will be approximately US$2,000.00 (calculated October 30th, 2005). Each student should plan to be responsible for US$1,350.00.
• Selected scholarship recipients are responsible for obtaining the necessary visa(s) to enter the country of study and the corresponding transit(s). The OAS will not be responsible for any costs relating to obtaining visas or transfer documentation.
• Each scholarship recipient is responsible for arriving in time for the commencement of activities on the date established by the institution offering the course or program.
• The selected candidates must confirm their acceptance to the OAS Division of Scholarships and Training in Washington, DC., through the OAS General Secretariat Office in their respective countries and through the ONE in order for the OAS to proceed with making the necessary travel arrangements to purchase the air travel tickets, economy class, round-trip, between their country of origin and the study location or, if the scholarship is refused, to appoint another candidate. They must also confirm their acceptance to the Secretariat for Legal Affairs (SLA) through the coordinator of the Course, Mr. Dante Negro, at dnegro@oas.org
• The scholarship recipient and/or the sponsoring institution will be responsible for the cost of the airfare or any additional costs incurred, if the student withdraws the scholarship without proper authorization from the Division of Scholarships and Training, fails to travel on the scheduled dates, or changes routes after the ticket has been issued.

11. Presentation of Candidates Applications:
OAS scholarship applications must be submitted using form OAS 98 FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION FORM, including all documentation required. Applications must be forwarded to the Organization of American States through the official channels established by the government of each country. This is a mandatory requirement.

The following is the list of National Liaison Organizations (ONEs) in the OAS Member states:

OAS Form 98 may be obtained from the OAS offices of the General Secretariat in the Member states or via the fellowship application page using the following link: Formulario de Solicitud de Becas oficial.

Please note that the official announcement is published in the language of instruction of the course and is available via the Educational Portal of the Americas Web page at: http://www.educoea.org.

Any questions regarding submission of applications for this course should be sent to: Scholarships@oas.org

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