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2019 International Law Fellowship Programme (UN)

Applications for the 2019 International Law Fellowship Programme are currently being accepted. The deadline for applications is 20 February 2019.

Introduction

The United Nations International Law Fellowship Programme is organized by the Codification Division of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs.

Objectives
The Fellowship Programme provides high-quality training by prominent international law scholars and practitioners on a broad range of core topics of international law. In addition, the interactive nature of the training allows the participants to share experiences and exchange ideas, which promotes greater understanding and cooperation on contemporary issues of international law.

The Fellowship Programme is intended to 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.

The Fellowship Programme accommodates up to 21 participants.

The Programme
The Fellowship Programme consists of an annual six-week summer course at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the Netherlands. The participants attend lectures and seminars in international law organized by the Codification Division as well as the public international law session at The Hague Academy of International Law.

The lectures and seminars organized by the Codification Division are given by prominent international law scholars and practitioners from different regions and legal systems.

The Fellowship Programme is conducted in English or French. The 2019 Programme will be conducted in English.

Background
The United Nations International Law Fellowship Programme is conducted under the United Nations Programme of Assistance in the Teaching, Study, Dissemination and Wider Appreciation of International Law, established by General Assembly resolution 2099 (XX) of 20 December 1965 and most recently mandated by General Assembly resolution 73/201 of 20 December 2018.

2019 Fellowship Programme

The 2019 Fellowship Programme will be held at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the Netherlands, from 1 July to 9 August 2019. It will be conducted in English.

The topics that will be covered in the seminars and lectures organized by the Codification Division may include:

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
International human rights law
International humanitarian law
International criminal law
International environmental law
Law of the sea
International trade law
International investment law
Legal research
Legislative drafting
For further information on the topics covered by the public international law session at The Hague Academy, see the website of the Academy.

More information and the application system, click here.

Prof. Dr. Sefriani, SH, MHum inaugurated as Professor of International Law

 

Prof. Dr. Sefriani, S.H., M. Hum. inaugurated as Professor of International Law at the UII Senate Open Session, at the Auditorium Prof. Dr. Abdulkahar Mudzakkir, Saturday (1/12). Prof. Sefriani delivered a scientific speech entitled Earthing and Utilizing International Law: the BIT model for Indonesia.

In her speech, Prof. Sefriani said that the international legal product that should receive extra attention and provide benefits for all Indonesian people is the Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT).

According to her, so far it has been realized that BIT is an asymmetrical agreement, not balanced in regulating rights and obligations between capital exporting countries which are generally developed countries with capital importing countries which are generally developing and underdeveloped countries. Both of these groups have different interests.

Prof. explained Sefriani, for exporting countries capital BIT is a protective instrument of all risks as well as political and legal uncertainty in the importing country. Therefore the classic BIT always contains the investor protection clause complete with a dispute settlement mechanism which is commonly referred to as the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS). Where foreign investors can directly bring the case to the arbitration panel.

“This panel has the authority to decide the loss that must be paid by the host if it finds a violation of the protection clause guaranteed by the BIT,” said Prof. Sefriani who is the 16th Professor at UII.

She added, as for the capital importing country, the existence of BIT is an instrument to attract investment in her country. Dependence on foreign investment makes the capital importing countries including Indonesia.

In her speech, Sefriani conveyed several recommendations for the Indonesian BIT model. First Protection of investment and liberalization must not sacrifice the interests of the state in making policies in the public interest. Second, the new BIT should guarantee the absence of a denial of justice for investors.

Furthermore, the third, the new BIT should revise the definitions of terms such as investment, Fair and Equitable Treatment (FET), expropriation that has been provided with a very open and open opportunity to be interpreted very broadly. Fourth, the new BIT should contain the obligation clause of foreign investors, not just the obligations of Indonesia as the host.

“Fifth, the dispute resolution mechanism in the new BIT should with certain conditions such as consent in writing and must be carried out through a separate agreement (SWA). Sixth, the possibility of establishing a new Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) in addition to the International Settlement Investment Dispute (ICSID) and UNCITRAL, ” she explained.

Prof. Sefriani said, as acknowledged by the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), was one of the causes of the Indonesia-foreign investor dispute at the ISDS forum because of a lack of understanding of the obligations arising from BIT in various executive, legislative and judicial elements at the central and regional levels.

Therefore, it is very important to ground international law on this beloved Indonesia, so that Indonesia can use international law for foreign parties for the benefit of Indonesia. “It’s not the time for Indonesia to only be an object, where foreign parties use international law for Indonesia for their interests,” said Prof. Sefriani.

Supports for Uighur from Islamic Universities in Indonesia

The Indonesian Islamic University (UII) together with the University of Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY), Nahdlatul Ulama University (UNU) Yogyakarta, Universitas Aisyiyah (UNISA) Yogyakarta and the University of Alma Ata (UAA) voiced their opinions on Chinese Uighurs which have become international talks.

The five Islamic Universities in Yogyakarta assessed that the Chinese Government’s policy in Xinjiang in the form of a Strike Hard Against Violent Terrorism Campaign by establishing a political education camp has led to discriminatory actions and violence against ethnic Uighurs. The statement was delivered at the UII Campus, Jl. Cik Di Tiro No.1 Yogyakarta, on Saturday (12/22).

Present at the presentation of the statement of the Rector of UMY, Dr. Ir. Gunawan Budiyanto, M.P., UAA Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Hamam Hadi, MS., Sc.D., Sp.GK., Chancellor of UNISA, Warsiti, S.Kp., M.Kep., Sp.Mat and Chancellor of UII, Fathul Wahid, ST, M.Sc., Ph. D. who in this meeting read the manuscript statement before the media crew. In addition, from UII also appeared present the Director of Pusham, Eko Riyadi, S.H., M.H., and the Deputy Chancellors.

The first point in the statement, urged the United Nations organs, especially the Human Rights Council, to use the Special Procedure mechanism by appointing Independent Experts to conduct research and investigation (if needed), to collect all information regarding alleged discrimination and systematic violence carried out by the Government China against ethnic Uighurs.

Second, urging the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to continue its recommendations with effective actions in the form of Early Warning and Emergency Response Efforts by sending Ad Hoc Teams to carry out research and investigations regarding alleged discrimination and systematic violence carried out by the Chinese government against ethnic Uighurs.

Third, to encourage the Indonesian government, through the Minister of Foreign Affairs to send a clarification note on various developing reports relating to allegations of discrimination against ethnic Uighurs while sending messages of Indonesian public concern regarding the situation of the Uighur ethnic group.

The next statement invites all Indonesian people to jointly demonstrate solidarity by gathering resources in any form to help ease the burden of ethnic Uighurs, especially those in refugee camps. Finally, inviting all Indonesian people to respond to this problem critically, while still promoting the spirit of respect for human values.