The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) recently announced its capacity-building and training programme on dispute settlement under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (“The Convention”) for 2009-2010.

The programme which runs from 1 July 2009 to 31 March 2010 will offer places for 5 participants to  participate in lectures on current issues of the law of the sea; case studies and training in negotiation, mediation and delimitation of maritime areas and also include study visits to organizations dealing with law of the sea matters.

The programme was established in 2007 to offer young government officials and researchers working in the field of the law of the sea or dispute settlement , in-depth knowledge of dispute settlement mechanisms available to States under Part XV of the Convention.

The deadline for submissions is 30 April 2009. Interested candidates can visit the ITLOS website for more information.