United Nations Programme of Assistance


The United Nations Programme of Assistance in the Teaching, Study, Dissemination and Wider Appreciation of International Law was established by General Assembly resolution 2099 (XX) of 20 December 1965 to contribute to a better knowledge of international law.

The Codification Division of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs is responsible for the implementation of the Programme of Assistance. Under the Programme, the Codification Division conducts international law training programmes designed to enable qualified persons, in particular, mid-level government legal officers and young teachers of international law from developing countries, and countries with emerging economies, to deepen their knowledge of international law. The training programmes include the annual United Nations International Law Fellowship Programme in The Hague and Regional Courses in International Law for Africa, Asia and the Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Peace Palace is hosting the six-week International Law Fellowship Programme, which is conducted in conjunction with the Summer Programme of The Hague Academy of International Law in the Peace Palace. Fellows attend courses in public international law at The Hague Academy of International Law and participate in lectures and seminars organized by the Codification Division, with the assistance of the Carnegie Foundation.

The Codification Division also maintains the United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law, a virtual training and research centre in international law. Mr. Steven van Hoogstraten, General Director of the Carnegie Foundation (Peace Palace) and Treasurer of the Hague Academy of International Law, gave a lecture for the Audiovisual Library, which can be found in the “International Law” Lecture Series (“The Peace Palace, Court House or Temple?“).


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