Call for Application for Internships and Research Scholarships 2022 - UNIDROIT


 

 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – 2022 RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIPS

 

Applications due 30 September 2021

 

UNIDROIT is currently accepting applications for the Institute’s 2022 Scholarship Programme.

 

A limited number of research scholarships (1000€ per month) will be granted to outstanding post-graduate (doctoral) law students, lawyers, academics and government officials to undertake two months of research in the UNIDROIT library (exceptionally, scholarships can also be granted for three months). Candidates that are unsuccessful in applying for a funded scholarship may be invited to undertake a research stay at UNIDROIT on an unfunded basis.

 

Candidates may apply for scholarships in relation to any of UNIDROIT’s work areas, existing instruments or current projects. To support the UNIDROIT Work Programme 2020 – 2022, special consideration will be given to applications for scholarships relating to the following topics (candidates may indicate their interest in working on matters related to more than one work area or project):

 

1. Secured Transactions

  1. Development of a Model Law on Factoring
  2. Development of a Model Law on Warehouse Receipts
  3. Implementation of the Cape Town Convention and its AircraftRailSpace and Mining, Agricultural and Construction (MAC) Protocols
  4. Development of possible future Protocols to the Cape Town Convention (Maritime Protocol and Renewable Energy Equipment Protocol)

 

2. Agricultural Law and Development

  1. Development of a guidance document on the Legal Structure of Agricultural Enterprises
  2. Development of a Model Law on Warehouse Receipts
  3. The Legal Guide on Agricultural Land Investment Contracts
  4. Implementation of the UNIDROIT/FAO/IFAD Legal Guide on Contract Farming

 

3. Law and Technology

  1. Development of a guidance document on Digital Assets and Private Law

 

4. Civil procedure and enforcement

  1. Development of Best Practices for Effective Enforcement

 

5. International Commercial Contracts:

  1. The application of the UNIDROIT Principles on International Commercial Contracts

 

6. Capital Markets and Bank Insolvency

  1. Development of harmonised rules for bank insolvencies

 

7. Cultural property:

  1. The 1995 Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects
  2. Private art collections

 

To apply for a scholarship, candidates must submit the following documents in English or French:

(i) a completed application form

(ii) a short cover letter

(iii) their Curriculum Vitae (CV)

(iv) reference letters

 

Candidates will be assessed on their cover letter, CV, research proposal, English/French proficiency and the value of their research to UNIDROIT.

 

Applications can be submitted to the Coordinator of the Scholarships and Internship Programme, Ms Laura Tikanvaara: l.tikanvaara@UNIDROIT.org. Applications are due by 30 September. Short-listing will be undertaken in October and November. Candidates will be informed of the outcome of their application in December.

 

 

 

 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – 2022 INTERNSHIPS

 

Applications due 30 September 2021

 

UNIDROIT is currently accepting applications for the Institute’s 2022 Internship Programme.

 

In 2022 UNIDROIT will offer internship opportunities for exceptional later year undergraduate and postgraduate law students to work with the UNIDROIT Secretariat in Rome for a period of three months. While majority of the internship positions are unpaid, a limited number of stipends (600€ per month) may be available for the top candidates, with preference given to applicants from developing countries. Candidates must be able to speak and write English and/or French at a professional legal level.

 

Candidates may apply for internships in relation to any of UNIDROIT’s work areas, existing instruments or current projects. To support the UNIDROIT Work Programme 2020 – 2022, special consideration will be given to applications for internships relating to the following topics (candidates may indicate their interest in working on matters related to more than one work area or project):

 

1. Secured Transactions

  1. Development of a Model Law on Factoring
  2. Development of a Model Law on Warehouse Receipts
  3. Implementation of the Cape Town Convention and its AircraftRailSpace and Mining, Agricultural and Construction (MAC) Protocols
  4. Development of possible future Protocols to the Cape Town Convention (Maritime Protocol and Renewable Energy Equipment Protocol)

 

2. Agricultural Law and Development

  1. Development of a guidance document on the Legal Structure of Agricultural Enterprises
  2. Development of a Model Law on Warehouse Receipts
  3. The Legal Guide on Agricultural Land Investment Contracts
  4. Implementation of the UNIDROIT/FAO/IFAD Legal Guide on Contract Farming

 

3. Law and Technology

  1. Development of a guidance document on Digital Assets and Private Law

 

4. Civil procedure and enforcement

  1. Development of Best Practices for Effective Enforcement

 

5. International Commercial Contracts:

  1. The application of the UNIDROIT Principles on International Commercial Contracts

 

6. Capital Markets and Bank Insolvency

  1. Development of harmonised rules for bank insolvencies

 

7. Cultural property:

  1. The 1995 Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects
  2. Private art collections

 

8. The relationship between Islamic Law and UNIDROIT instruments

  1. The compatibility of the Cape Town Convention system with Islamic Finance Rules

 

To apply for an internship, candidates must submit the following documents in English or French:

(i) a short cover letter that addresses why the candidate wants to undertake an internship at UNIDROIT, specifies the project(s) or instruments they wish to work on and notes the period(s) in 2022 in which they would be available to undertake their internship

(ii) their Curriculum Vitae (CV)

 

Candidates will be assessed on their cover letter, CV and their English/French proficiency, taking into account the needs of the Institute.

 

Applications can be submitted to the Coordinator of the Scholarships and Internship Programme, Ms Laura Tikanvaara: l.tikanvaara@UNIDROIT.org

 

Applications are due by 30 September. Short-listing and interviews will be undertaken in October and November. Candidates will be informed of the outcome of their application in December.

 

 

 

 

UNIDROIT welcomes different categories of guests at the Institute.

The various formulas, presented below, are:

 

· Research Scholarships, visiting scholars and researchers
· Internships
· Secondments
· Cooperation with Academic Institutions 
· UNIDROIT Alumni Association

 

 

-> CURRENT GUESTS

-> FORMER GUESTS

 

 

 

 

RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIPS, VISITING SCHOLARS AND RESEARCHERS

 

UNIDROIT grants research scholarships to a limited number of high-performing post-graduate law students, lawyers, academics and government officials to undertake research in the UNIDROIT library. Over the last 25 years, the Research Scholarship Programme has hosted nearly 400 researchers from 65 countries, generally under partial funding, for an average period of two months. UNIDROIT Research Scholarship Programme: Regulations

 

The Programme is funded by extra-budgetary contributions. The number of scholarships awarded each year depends on the available funding. UNIDROIT appeals to potential sponsors to support the Scholarship Programme. See Information for donors

 

For further information please contact Ms Laura Tikanvaara: l.tikanvaara@UNIDROIT.org

 

University scholars and researchers, law students as well as Government officials and members of the legal profession from all over the world may apply to undertake research at the UNIDROIT Library as visiting scholars or researchers. Unlike the scholarship programme, visiting scholars and researchers must self-fund their research, however applicants may use their approval from UNIDROIT as visiting scholars or researchers to support their requests to potential sponsors to finance their stay in Rome. Projects relating to UNIDROIT’s past legislative activities, as well as subjects on the current UNIDROIT Web Programme, are given special attention in this regard. A good working knowledge of English and/or French is required.

 

For further information please contact Ms Laura Tikanvaara: l.tikanvaara@UNIDROIT.org

 

 

 

 

INTERNSHIPS

 

UNIDROIT welcomes a select number of interns to participate in the work of the Secretariat. Internship activities relate to subjects on the Institute's current Work Programme, and/or to UNIDROIT instruments that have already been adopted, in particular as regards their implementation and promotion. Interns will generally be expected to conduct research on specific aspects of the chosen/assigned subject and/or to prepare concept notes, draft documents and reports of meetings, prepare translations, and generally assist the professional staff of the Secretariat.

 

Preference is given to candidates engaged in postgraduate legal studies (5 years +). Candidates must have an excellent knowledge of both spoken and written English. Knowledge of French and/or any other language is also considered an asset. 

 

Candidates in their undergraduate legal studies are welcome to apply for an internship in the library, assisting the Head Librarian with documentation and catalogue related tasks. 

 

Generally, UNIDROIT internships are not remunerated. However, there are a limited number of funded positions available each year (stipends of 600€ per month), with preference given to applicants from developing countries. The length of an internship is three consecutive months, which may be extended to a maximum of six months (excluding the month of August). Internships may be granted for shorter periods on a case by case basis. Interns are required to provide for adequate medical insurance coverage during their stay in Rome.

 

When applying for an internship, candidates are invited to indicate any preference for their topic of cooperation with the Secretariat, by specifying their preferred project(s) on UNIDROIT’s Work Programme. Interns are also able to undertake independent research projects in parallel with their internships while in the UNIDROIT library.  Candidates are welcome to submit an academic reference letter and/or a statement from a sponsoring institution (university, research centre or governmental entity) to support their application. 

 

UNIDROIT issues calls for applications every six months. The most recent call for applications closed in January 2021. Candidates are encouraged to follow the Institute’s social media pages (FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter) to stay informed on when the next application window will open.  

 

For further information, please contact the Assistant Manager of the Scholarship and Internship Programme, Ms Laura Tikanvaara at l.tikanvaara@UNIDROIT.org.

 

For institutional co-operation (with universities, research institutes, governmental entities etc.) please contact Ms Laura Tikanvaara: l.tikanvaara@UNIDROIT.org

 

 

  

 

SECONDMENTS

 

UNIDROIT welcomes public officials and lawyers from UNIDROIT member States to join its staff temporarily on Secondment: judges, public administration officials and professionals from public entities are invited to participate in the work of the Secretariat of UNIDROIT. Their full remuneration, health and pension schemes should continue to be fully covered by their employer during their Secondment at UNIDROIT.

 

The specific conditions of the secondment and the duties of the seconded person are agreed with the relevant public entity. 

 

Persons and Institutions interested in this kind of co-operation are invited to contact Ms Laura Tikanvaara: l.tikanvaara@UNIDROIT.org

 

 

 

 

COOPERATION WITH ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS

 

The Secretariat has many co-operation agreements with academic institutions. Institutional cooperation, which may be formalised under a Memorandum of Understanding, may allow for the development of joint research projects, initiatives or study programmes focused on UNIDROIT instruments; promotion of research stays or internships at UNIDROIT for professors and students or the establishment of joint fellowships.

 

Cooperation agreements have been implemented with the following academic institutions.

 

For further information please contact Ms Laura Tikanvaara: l.tikanvaara@UNIDROIT.org

 

 

 

 

UNIDROIT ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

 

UNIDROIT, with the support of the UNIDROIT Foundation, is happy to announce the launch of the UNIDROIT Alumni Association, a platform dedicated to the distinguished guests which have been welcomed to Villa Aldobrandini as part of UNIDROIT’s research scholarship, internship, and independent research programmes since 1993.

 

-> Further information

 

Incoming researchers and interns are entitled to a complimentary one year membership of the UNIDROIT Alumni Association. For more information, please contact alumni@UNIDROIT.org.