Wednesday, April 27, 2011

University of Eastern Finland - UNEP Course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements, 4 -16 Sept'11, AIT Bangkok

University of Eastern Finland - UNEP 
Course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements
Eighth Annual Course, 4 to 16 September 2011, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand

The University of Eastern Finland (UEF) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) are jointly organizing a high profile two-week Course on international environmental law-making and diplomacy. The Course transfers past experience in the field of international environmental law to current and future negotiators of multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs). Each Course is based on a specific theme. In addition, the Course provides a forum to foster North-South co-operation and to take stock of recent developments in negotiations as well as in implementation of MEAs and diplomatic practices in the international environmental arena.

UEF began its operation in 2010 as a merger of the Universities of Joensuu and Kuopio. The UEF – UNEP Course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements was previously called the University of Joensuu – UNEP Course on International Environmental Law-making and Diplomacy.

This is the eighth year in which the Course will be held and, as in previous years, the lectures will be given by experienced hands-on diplomats, government officials, international civil servants and members of academia. The course is organized in collaboration with the UNEP Regional Office for Asia Pacific and the Asian Institute of Technology. This year, the course will include lecturers from the following institutions:

  • Government of Finland
  • MEA Secretariats
·         UNEP
·         University of Eastern Finland
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The special theme of the Eighth Course is "Synergies among Biodiversity Related Conventions". Under that theme, a broad range of subjects will be addressed.
In addition, general issues relating to international environmental law-making and diplomacy will be dealt with.
The Course is based on interactive methods.

The Course is intended for experienced government officials engaged in international environmental negotiations. In addition, other stakeholders, such as representatives of non-governmental organizations and the private sector, may apply to the Course. Researchers and academics in the field of international environmental law are also eligible. As the 2011 Course's thematic focus is on biodiversity, candidates with experience in this field are encouraged to apply.

Approximately 35 participants, with an equal distribution from the North and South and taking into account gender balance will be admitted to the Course. Participants having successfully completed the Course will be awarded a Diploma.

An application form and a draft Programme can be found on the Course website from April 2011 onwards. The application deadline is 31 May  2011. Participants are expected to pay their travel and other expenses and a tuition fee of 800 euro. Candidates from developing countries and from countries with economies in transition can apply for a full or partial fellowship.

Further information
Course website:
Contact address:

University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu Campus,
Department of Law
PO. Box 111,

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