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A/RES/40/66


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

11 December 1985

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                                                       A/RES/40/66
                                                       11 December 1985
                                                       112th plenary meeting
 
      United Nations Programme of Assistance in the Teaching, Study,
      Dissemination and Wider Appreciation of International Law
 
     The General Assembly,
 
     Noting with appreciation the report of the Secretary-General on the
implementation of the United Nations Programme of Assistance in the Teaching,
Study, Dissemination and Wider Appreciation of International Law and the
recommendations made by the Secretary-General and adopted by the Advisory
Committee on the United Nations Programme of Assistance in the Teaching,
Study, Dissemination and Wider Appreciation of International Law, which are
contained in that report,
 
     Considering that international law should occupy an appropriate place in
the teaching of legal disciplines at all universities,
 
     Noting with appreciation the efforts made by States at the bilateral
level to provide assistance in the teaching and study of international law,
 
     Convinced, nevertheless, that States and international organizations and
institutions should be encouraged to give further support to the Programme and
to increase their activities to promote the teaching, study, dissemination and
wider appreciation of international law, in particular those activities which
are of special benefit to persons from developing countries,
 
     Recalling its resolutions 2464 (XXIII) of 20 December 1968, 2550 (XXIV)
of 12 December 1969, 2838 (XXVI) of 18 December 1971, 3106 (XXVIII) of
12 December 1973, 3502 (XXX) of 15 December 1975, 32/146 of 16 December 1977,
36/108 of 10 December 1981 and 38/129 of 19 December 1983, in which it stated
that in the conduct of the Programme it was desirable to use as far as
possible the resources and facilities made available by Member States,
international organizations and others, as well as its resolution 34/144 of
17 December 1979, in which it also expressed the hope that, in appointing
lecturers for the seminars to be held within the framework of the fellowship
programme in international law sponsored jointly by the United Nations and the
United Nations Institute for Training and Research, account would be taken of
the need to secure representation of major legal systems and balance among
various geographical regions,
 
     Noting with regret that the 1985 United Nations Institute for Training
and Research regional training and refresher course in international law
intended for Asian and Pacific countries could not take place for lack of a
host country, and considering the difficulties which the Institute may
encounter in finding host countries for the organization of future regional
courses, 
 
     Noting that the fund of the Hamilton Shirley Amerasinghe Fellowship on
the Law of the Sea has already become operational,
 
     1.   Authorizes the Secretary-General to carry out in 1986 and 1987 the
activities specified in his report, including the provision of:
 
     (a)  A minimum of fifteen fellowships each in 1986 and 1987, at the
request of Governments of developing countries;
 
     (b)  A minimum of one scholarship each in 1986 and 1987 under the
Hamilton Shirley Amerasinghe Fellowship on the Law of the Sea to be financed
by the fund of voluntary contributions made specifically for the Fellowship;
 
     (c)  Assistance in the form of a travel grant for one participant from
each developing country who will be invited to the regional courses to be
organized in 1986 and 1987; and to finance the above activities from
provisions in the regular budget and also from voluntary financial
contributions which would be received as a result of the requests set out in
paragraphs 9, 10 and 11 below;
 
     2.   Expresses its appreciation to the Secretary-General for his
constructive efforts to promote training and assistance in international law
within the framework of the United Nations Programme of Assistance in the
Teaching, Study, Dissemination and Wider Appreciation of International Law in
1984 and 1985, in particular for the organization of the twentieth and
twenty-first sessions of the International Law Seminar, held at Geneva from 4
to 22 May 1984 and from 3 to 21 June 1985, respectively, and the participation
of the Office of Legal Affairs of the Secretariat and its Codification
Division in the activities related to the conduct of the fellowship programme
in international law sponsored jointly by the United Nations and the United
Nations Institute for Training and Research;
 
     3.   Expresses its appreciation to the United Nations Institute for
Training and Research for its participation in the Programme, particularly in
the organization of regional courses and in the conduct of the fellowship
programme in international law sponsored jointly by the United Nations and the
Institute;
 
     4.   Expresses its appreciation to the United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization for its participation in the Programme,
in particular for the efforts it has made to support the teaching of
international law;
 
     5.   Also expresses its appreciation to the Government of the Republic of
Cameroon and to the International Relations Institute of Cameroon for
providing host facilities for the regional training and refresher course for
African countries held at Yaounde from 12 to 24 November 1984;
 
     6.   Further expresses its appreciation to the Hague Academy of
International Law for the valuable contributions it has made to the Programme
by enabling international law fellows under the sponsorship of the United
Nations and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research to attend
its annual international law courses and by providing facilities for seminars
organized under the fellowship programme in international law in conjunction
with the Academy courses and for its constructive efforts in organizing the
regional training and refresher courses held at Brasilia in 1983, at Cairo in
1984 and at Rabat in 1985;
 
     7.   Notes with appreciation the contributions made by the Hague Academy
of International Law to the teaching, study, dissemination and wider
appreciation of international law, and calls upon Member States and interested
organizations to give favourable consideration to the appeal of the Academy
for a continuation of and, if possible, an increase in their financial
contributions in order to enable the Academy to carry on with the
above-mentioned activities;
 
     8.   Urges all Governments to encourage the inclusion of courses on
international law in the programmes of legal studies offered at institutions
of higher learning;
 
     9.   Requests the Secretary-General to continue to publicize the
Programme and periodically to invite Member States, universities,
philanthropic foundations and other interested national and international
institutions and organizations, as well as individuals, to make voluntary
contributions towards the financing of the Programme or otherwise to assist in
its implementation and possible expansion;
 
     10.  Reiterates its request to Member States and to interested
organizations and individuals to make voluntary contributions towards the
financing of the Programme, in particular for the International Law Seminar
and the Hamilton Shirley Amerasinghe Fellowship on the Law of the Sea, and
expresses its appreciation to those Member States, institutions and
individuals that have made voluntary contributions for this purpose;
 
     11.  Urges in particular all Governments to make voluntary contributions
with a view to covering the amount of $30,000 needed for the financing of the
daily subsistence allowance for up to twenty-five participants in each
regional course organized by the United Nations Institute for Training and
Research, thus alleviating the burden on prospective host countries and making
it possible for the Institute to continue organizing one regional course per
year;
 
     12.  Requests the Secretary-General to report to the General Assembly at
its forty-second session on the implementation of the Programme during 1986
and 1987 and, following consultations with the Advisory Committee on the
United Nations Programme of Assistance in the Teaching, Study, Dissemination
and Wider Appreciation of International Law, to submit recommendations
regarding the execution of the Programme in subsequent years;
 
     13.  Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its forty-second
session the item entitled "United Nations Programme of Assistance in the
Teaching, Study, Dissemination and Wider Appreciation of International Law".