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International courts & the Mideast

Seminar on International Courts and Tribunals for Practitioners from the Middle East, Central Asia and the Caucasus Region Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran, 12 - 16 May 2001


Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Egypt, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan


This seminar is being jointly organized by the Project on International Courts and Tribunals (PICT) and the Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS), in cooperation with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Coalition for an International Criminal Court (CICC).


The aim of the seminar is to illustrate to practitioners from the Middle East, Central Asia and the Caucasus region how international courts and tribunals, and other major implementation control and dispute settlement bodies, are used and accessed. The general goal is to create a local capacity to access and utilize international courts and tribunals effectively.


The seminar is open to mid-level legal professionals who are nationals of one of the target countries (see list at start of this message). The following professional groups may apply:

- University teachers of law

- Practising lawyers

- Governmental legal experts

- Diplomats with a background in law

- Legal Experts of non-governmental organizations

- Judges - Prosecutors

- Law students (graduate or doctoral level)

All candidates must be officially nominated by an educational or research institution, a non-governmental organization, their employer or a government department. There are 40 places available, 20 of which are reserved for the host country Iran. 50% of all places in the seminar are reserved for women, who are particularly encouraged to apply. The organizers reserve the right to give less priority to countries and institutions that do not nominate women.


All participants will receive free tuition, training materials, accommodation and food. They must, however, pay their own travel costs to and from Tehran.



Participants will be chosen by a selection committee consisting of experts from IPIS and UNITAR. To apply for the seminar, please read the instructions on the application form carefully, complete the form legibly and ensure that it arrives not later than 28 March 2001. Please enclose the specified additional documents, follow the mailing instructions on the application form and send it to:

Martin Bohnstedt
United Nations Institute for Training and Research
Palais des Nations
1211 Geneve 10
Tel.: +41 / 22 / 917 12 34
Fax: +41 / 22 / 917 80 47


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