Centre for International Law

United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS)

CIL is proud to have become a participating institution of the United Nations Hamilton Shirley Amerasinghe Fellowship (“HSA Fellowship”) on the Law of the Sea pursuant to a Memorandum of Arrangement concluded with UNDOALOS in January 2011. The Fellowship will provide an opportunity for successful applicants to be attached to CIL and UNDOALOS for research and training on the Law of the Sea.

The HSA Fellowship was set up by General Assembly resolution 36/79 on the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea of 9 December 1981 and by General Assembly resolution 36/108 on the United Nations Programme of Assistance in the Teaching, Study, Dissemination and Wider Appreciation of International Law of 10 December 1981, to recognise the contribution of the late Hamilton Shirley Amerasinghe as President of the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea.

The Fellowship, which consists of a research/study period of three to six months at a participating educational institution such as CIL, followed by one to three months of study at UNDOALOS, is intended primarily for government officials as well as research fellows or lecturers who are involved in ocean law or maritime affairs, or related disciplines. The purpose of the Fellowship is to assist candidates to acquire additional knowledge of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, in order to promote its wider appreciation and application, and to enhance specialised experience in those fields.

Fellowship recipient(s) will, after consultation with and acceptance by CIL, have access to facilities to pursue courses, undertake research, receive further training or gain specialised experience. A supervising professor will be assigned to oversee a dissertation or study on an aspect of the Law of the Sea as may be decided between the Fellow, the supervising Professor and UNDOALOS.

Fellowships are granted in accordance with the Guidelines and Rules of the Fellowship attached as Annex J. Candidates must have a degree in Law, Marine Sciences, Political Science, Ocean Management or technical training in Ocean Management, Administration of Ports or in related disciplines. They must also have at least five years work related experience; and must be between the ages of 25 and 40 years. More information on the Fellowship is accessible here.