Organization of American States Department of<br />Human Development
Trade and Environment Seminar



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Professional Development Scholarships Program

Trade and Environment Seminar[1]


1) Place of Study: American University, Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington DC. Tel: (202) 274-4000, Fax: 202-274-4226

2) Contact: Geoffrey Johnson Department of Sustainable Development of the OAS

3) Start and end dates of the course:    May 29 to June 2, 2012

4) Duration of the course:                     5 days

5) Language of instruction:                  English

6) Modality:                                         Onsite

7) Course Objectives: Train future leaders of developing countries to acquire the tools required to achieve a comprehensive overview of the issues of trade and environment in the context of the sustainable development agenda. Also, at the end of the course participants will have the skills to negotiate and implement international trade agreements that include provisions or have environmental implications with a view to sustainable development.

The course is designed for students with a bachelor's degree seeking a specialization in trade-environment issues. Thus promotes human capital development in the area of trade and the environment. The course provides practical tools for identifying the intersections between trade and environment, the dimensions of international trade, ways of compliance and enforcement of environmental obligations. Moreover they will acquire the necessary tools for negotiating trade agreements related to the environment, they will learn the fundamentals aspects for the implementation of treaties and agreements related to the environment through a simulation of a negotiation. The course offers the opportunity for integration and discussion towards the strengthening of regional cooperation networks in the area of trade and environment.

Finally, the course offers the participants a platform to share experiences and identify needs and opportunities for cooperation between them in the area of trade and environment.

8) Course Content: This program will address the main issues on the agenda of trade and environment, from both a multilateral and regional perspective. Through a series of modules in the program, important areas of trade law and international environmental law and domestic policy are highlighted with the technical issues involving the relationship between trade and environment.

Day 1
Module I: Intersection between Trade and Environment
Module II: Trade and Environment – Law and Policy

Day 2
Module II: Trade and Environment – Law and Policy (continued)

Day 3
Module III: Environmental Dimensions of International Trade
Module IV: Enforcement of Trade-Related Environmental Obligations

Day 4
Module V: Negotiating Agreements
Module VI: Post-Negotiation Issues

Day 5
Negotiation Simulation Exercise

9) Eligibility requirements:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of an OAS Member State (Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brasil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba[2], Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, República Dominicana, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela), residents must send a copy of their visa; with exception of the United States of America given it is the country where the course is taking place;
  • Hold a university degree in environmental science, law, business, economics or administration, international relations, or related fields preferably;
  • Submit a Statement of Purpose which includes the priority of trade and environment in your field of work and how you intend to apply the knowledge acquired;
  • Proficient in oral and written English
  • Curriculum Vitae which includes personal information, academic background, work experience, references;
  • Submission of completed application form by the deadline set by the National Liaison Organization (ONE)[3]. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ascertain the deadline set by the ONE in his or her country of residence.

Please Note: If you were awarded an OAS Professional Development Scholarship in the past twelve (12) months or if you currently hold an OAS Scholarship for Academic Studies, you are NOT eligible to apply for another Professional Development Scholarship.

10) Scholarships Benefits:

  • The Department of Human Development, Education, and Culture of the OAS will cover round trip economy class airline tickets [4] from country of origin or residence to Washington, DC, United States of America. Funds for terminal and in-transit expenses are NOT provided
  • The Department of Sustainable Development of the OAS and Washington College of Law, American University will cover:
  1. Scholarship for 50% of tuition (total tuition of $1,000), An in-kind contribution of $75 per night for lodging of those students staying in dormitories for American University-Washington College of Law graduate students,
  2. All materials and readings, and certificate issued by the DSD of the OAS and American University-Washington College of Law. 


11) OAS Scholarship Selection Criteria: In accordance with article 4.2 of the Manual of Procedures of the Scholarship and Training Programs of the OAS, OAS scholarships shall be granted based on the following criteria.

  • The objectives and priorities established in the Strategic Plan for Partnership for Development;
  • The training priorities of the member states;
  • The merits and overall credentials of the candidate, including his/her academic and professional background;
  • The financial need of the candidate; and
  • An extensive and equitable geographic distribution for the benefit of all member states and that takes into account the greater needs of the smaller and relatively less developed economies.

12) Responsibilities of the scholarship recipients:

  • In order to become scholarship recipients, the selected candidates must confirm their acceptance of the scholarship by signing and returning to DHDEC their completed “form of acceptance of the scholarship award”;
  • If after accepting the scholarship, the scholarship recipient for whatever reason cannot attend the course, he or she must immediately notify the Department of Human Development, Education, and Culture of the OAS;
  • Scholarship recipients must communicate in writing to the OAS/DHDEC on which dates they will be able to travel, so the OAS can make the necessary travel arrangements;
  • 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 related to obtaining visas or transfer documentation;
  • Each scholarship recipient is responsible for arriving on time for the commencement of activities on the date established by the institution offering the course or program;
  • If the scholarship recipient declines the scholarship, (after the ticket has been purchased without written authorization from the Department of Human Development, Education, and Culture of the OAS or fails to travel on the scheduled dates, or changes routes) the scholarship recipient will be responsible for paying the cost of the airfare or whatever additional cost is incurred;
  • If the scholarship recipient fails to travel on the scheduled dates, or change routes, after the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (GS/OAS) has purchased his/her travel ticket, he/she will be responsible for paying the difference in ticket costs in order to arrive at the course site on time; and
  • The scholarship recipient will furthermore have to reimburse the total cost of the airfare for his/her travel from his/her country of residence to the site where the Professional Development Course will take place and back if, after the ticket has been purchased, he/she declines the scholarship without written authorization from the Department of Human Development, Education, and Culture of the OAS. The latter includes any additional costs, incurred by the GS/OAS, such as extra costs for accommodation during the scholarship recipient’s travel to and from the country where the course will be held.
  • Scholarship recipients should purchase their own health insurance with international coverage for the duration of the course in the United States; which includes emergency medical evacuation, repatriation of remains, and emergency medical meetings.
  • Scholarship recipients are responsible for additional funding of US$1,100.00 to cover tuition, room and board, meals, and local transportation including to/from the airport.

 13)  Application Process:

  1. Select the course
  2. After having read the course information thoroughly, click “Continue/Continuar” at the end of the page.
  3. Complete application form.
  4. After completing application form click “Send / Enviar” at the end of the page 5.
  5. A copy of the application form will be sent automatically to your e-mail account.
  6. Print and sign application form e-mailed to your account. Submit signed form and required documents with Professional Development Scholarships Forms & Documents to the National Liaison Office (ONE) in your country.

Any questions regarding submission of applications for this course should be sent to:  

[1] The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (“GS/OAS”) reserves the right to cancel this scholarship announcement at any time. Moreover, the OAS, GS/OAS, and its personnel are not liable for any actions taken in reliance on or otherwise based upon information in this announcement.

 [2] On June 3, 2009, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Americas adopted resolution AG/RES. 2438 (XXXIX-O/09), which resolves that the 1962 Resolution that excluded the Government of Cuba from its participation in the inter-American system, ceases to have effect in the Organization of American States (OAS). The 2009 resolution states that the participation of the Republic of Cuba in the OAS will be the result of a process of dialogue initiated at the request of the Government of Cuba, and in accordance with the practices, purposes, and principles of the OAS

[3] 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.

The OAS Professional Development Scholarships Program will defray up to $1,365.00 for round trip air fare between member states.


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