Marawa Research and Exploration Ltd. Training Opportunity

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Marawa Research and Exploration Ltd. in accordance with its exploration contract for polymetallic nodules with the International Seabed Authority is offering two (2) fellowships to candidates (one from a developing State and the other from Kiribati) the opportunity to attend the International Foundation for the Law of the Sea (IFLOS) Summer Academy under its 2019 Training Programme.

The IFLOS Summer Academy was established in 2007 and is a four-week course in Hamburg, Germany devoted to matters relating to both international law of the sea and maritime law. Lecturers are judges of the Tribunal, professors, practitioners and professionals from the law of the sea and maritime fields. The current Secretary-General has lectured at the summer academy in the past. The course is open to highly qualified graduates, government representatives and lawyers. More detailed information about the summer academy can be found on its website:

IFLOS requires that candidates must meet the following requirements:

  1. As a rule, applicants are expected to be in possession of a Master’s degree (LL.M. or equivalent) and to have an advanced knowledge of public international law, Law of the Sea or Maritime Law.
  2. Exceptions may be granted to Bachelors (LL.B. or equivalent) with either a Master course in progress or professional tasks related to the curriculum of the Summer Academy.
  3. The Selection Committee might also grant very few exceptions – subject to availability of places – for undergraduates close to graduation with excellent results and academic focus on Public International Law, Law of the Sea or Maritime Law.
  4. Participants must have a good command of English (to be documented by a TOEFL Certificate or equivalent, unless native language or proof of an academic programme with thesis, taught in English) and should also be conversant in French.
  5. Applications need to be accompanied by two recent Letters of Recommendation.

Applications should be submitted by email, in one of the official languages of the International Seabed Authority to by the 28 February 2019 deadline either through:  the online training portal.  Users applying through the online portal (see above), must remember to upload a copy of a passport photo, the signed nomination; degree/certificate; résumé; recommendation letters and cover letter; OR via email, in one of the official languages of the Authority using the forms below.

All applications using the required forms and documents detailed below must be submitted to by the 28 February 2019 deadline.

  • ISA/Marawa Application Form [docx | pdf ]
  • ISA/Marawa Nomination Form [docx | pdf ]
  • Copy of Degree Certificate
  • Two (2) recent Letters of Recommendation.
  • Proof of English and French

Once a selection is made by the Authority, the successful applicants’ information will be communicated to the IFLOS Academy Selection Committee.

Marawa undertakes to cover costs associated with the training: course fees; VISA and airline tickets, if required, as well as accommodation and meals in Germany. 

Within 2 weeks of completing the training, trainees will be required to provide to Marawa, the Authority and the IFLOS Summer Academy, a short report summarizing the benefits of the training, the knowledge gained and how it will be applied to their work/careers.

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