Fellows and Interns

Fellowship InWEnt (formerly Carl-Duisberg-Society)
Fellowship Humboldt Foundation
Fellowship Fulbright
Other Research Fellows
Application Criteria

The IUCN Environmental Law Centre (ELC) is a Centre that attracts interns and fellows from around the world.

Our fellows and interns enjoy the rewarding experience of working in an international office, based in a city that has demonstrated a strong commitment to the environment and to attracting international organizations and events. They also have the opportunity to interact with ELC staff - and the many international experts who visit the Centre - and have access to the ELC library resources, which include two of the world's most extensive libraries on environmental law and policy.

The IUCN ELC has been closely collaborating with a number of organisations to fund research fellows to come to the ELC in order to enable legal specialists from developing countries to access and conduct research on environmental law and policy.This has included working very closely with the Carl Duisberg Society and the Humboldt Foundation and the ELC is most appreciative of their ongoing recognition and support.

Interns with high interest in environmental law are welcome to apply to spend some time at the ELC. Successful applicants will spend time supporting the work of our legal professionals and will gain the opportunity to participate in an exciting array of projects, conferences and workshops.

While we are not able to offer remuneration for fellows or interns, they are provided with their own working space including computer with email/Internet access, essential Windows applications and full access to our substantial library collection.

For funded fellowships we currently collaborate with following institutions:

Fellowship InWEnt (formerly Carl Duisberg Society)

InWEnt – Internationale Weiterbildung und Entwicklung gemeinnützige GmbH ( Capacity Building International, Germany ) is an organization for international human resources development, advanced training and dialogue. It was established through a merger of Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft e.V. ( CDG ) and the German Foundation for International Development ( DSE ). Its practice-oriented programs are directed at experts, managers and decision-makers from business and industry, politics, public administration and civil society from all over the world. Its Development Policy Forum organizes a high-ranking, informal policy dialogue on current issues of development policy.
Since 1949, CDG programmes have included over 300,000 scholars and professionals from all over the globe. Its programmes provide practical, professional, international and expert experience for young professionals and executives from all over the world, with a focus on developing countries.

InWEnt is a natural fit with ELP's objectives of promoting progressive development of environmental law at international and national levels, providing technical assistance in the field of environment and natural resources management, and promoting expertise and capacity building in these fields. In a collaboration that spanned from 2000 to 2004, the ELC hosted five groups of CDG/InWEnt Fellows, each remaining at the ELC for three months of research writing and experience-based training.

Contact InWEnt/CDG directly:
InWEnt - Internationale Weiterbildung und Entwicklung gGmbH
Weyerstraße 78-83
50676 Köln
Phone: 0221/2098-0
Fax: 0221/2098-111
Email: info@inwent.org
website: www.inwent.org/en/index.html

InWEnt Fellows 2004

April - June 2004

Marianela Cedeño, Costa Rica

LL.B., La Salle University, San José, Costa Rica
Master degrees in International Relations and Diplomacy, National University, Costa Rica
Transboundary EIA in MesoAmerica

Hafiz Khan, Bangladesh

LL.B. (Hons) and LL.M., University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Environment Dispute Settlement Mechanisms in Bangladesh

Viviane Ambare Mbgamine, Cameroon

DEUG (Public Law first Graduation), University of Yaounde, Cameroon

Community Forests in Cameroon and the Role of Women

Dana Zhandayeva, Kazakhstan

LL.M. degree, University of Groningen, Netherlands

The Caspian Sea

InWEnt Fellows 2003

April - June 2003

Angela Ruiz Salazar, Peru

Attorney at Law
Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, Lima

Edgar Fernández, Costa Rica

DEA en Droit public général et Droit de l'Environnement (equivalent to LL.M)
Université de Nantes, France

Sondes Jmaiel, Tunisia

DEA en Droit de l' Environnement (equivalent to LL.M)
Faculté des Sciences Juridique, Politique et Sociales

Ronaldo Gutierrez, Philippines

Master of Science, London School of Economics,UK

Juris Doctor, Ateneo de Manila University - College of Law, Philippines

Zakaria El Brahmi, Morocco

Arab Industrial Development and Mining Organization

CDG Fellows 2002

April - June

Rose Mwebaza, Uganda

Master of Laws (LL.M), University of California/USA

Improving Environmental Procedural Rights

Ketsana Phommachanh, Lao PDR

Deputy Director of the Law Research Center, Vientiane/Lao PDR
Master of Laws (LL.M), University of California/USA

Information Exchange, Notification and Consultation:
The Case of the Mekong Framework Agreement

Georgia Nogueira, Brazil

Law School Degree, Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife/Brazil

Conservation and Wise Use of Mangrove Ecosystems:
Legislation in Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica and Nicaragua

Claudia Martans, Panama

Attorney at Law
Master of Laws (LL.M), Universidad Internacional de Andalucia/Spain

Implementing the Biosafety Protocol

Banita (Sunny) Pichyakorn, Thailand

Master of Laws (LL.M), King's College University of London/UK

Sustainable Development and International Watercourses:
The Mekong and the Rhine

CDG Fellows 2001

Isabel Martinez, Venezuela
Legal Officer, UNEP, Mexico
November 2000 - January 2001
El Acceso a la justicia ambiental en América Latina durante
la década de los Noventa: Reformas y Desarrollos
(Access to environmental justice in Latin America)
see also Environmental Policy and Law Paper No. 43

Dr. Nazrul Islam, Bangladesh
Assistant Professor Department of Law, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
November 2000 - January 2001
ISO 14001: Legal challenges for developing countries
see also Environmental Policy and Law Paper No. 43

Professor Wang Xi, China
Vice Director of Research Institute of Environmental Law, Wuhan University, China
December 2000 - January 2001
Law and policy of the European Union on greenhouse gases emissions reduction
and their methodological significance to China
see also Environmental Policy and Law Paper No. 43

Dr. Ikechi Maduka Chibuzo Mgbeoji, Nigeria
Assistant Professor of Law University of British Columbia,Vancouver, Canada
November 2000 - January 2001
Patents and plant resources-related knowledge: Towards a regime of
communal patents for plant resources-related knowledge
see also Environmental Policy and Law Paper No. 43

Gitahi Gladys Nyokabi, Kenya
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B), Moi University, Kenya
May - July 2001
Legal tools for conservation in private lands

Larsey Mensah, Ghana
Deputy Director (legal), Ministry of Environment and Science, Ghana
May - July 2001
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) as a legal tool for environmental
protection and sustainable development: Reflections of the legal framework
on selected African countries

Sisay Entele Teklu, Ethiopia
Legal Officer
February - March 2001
Analysis of recent geral environmental laws

Fellowship Humboldt Foundation

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation grants up to 150 research awards annually to foreign scholars whose academic qualifications enjoy international recognition, enabling them to spend prolonged periods on research in Germany. Fellowships may be granted in any discipline, however, the Foundations origins in the natural sciences result in an emphasis in programs addressing natural science and related issues, with particular interest in the Americas. The Foundation's object with its the foreign grants program is to "pay tribute to academic accomplishments and to foster long-term co-operation between foreign and German researchers." Humboldt grant winners spend four to twelve months in Germany, carrying out research projects of their own choosing, in co-operation with specialists at the research institution in which they are hosted.

Contact the Humboldt Foundation directly :
Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung
Jean-Paul-Strasse 12
Bad Godesberg
D-53173 Bonn
Tel: (++49-228) 833-0
Fax: (++49-228) 833-199
E-mail: select@avh.de
Website: http://www.avh.de

Humboldt Fellow 2001/2002

Dr. Griselda D. Capaldo, Argentina

Professor at the Faculty of Law University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
October 2001 - July 2002

Juridical diagnosis and prognosis of freshwater conservation
in South America: From the legal weakness to real efficacy

Fellowship Fulbright

The Fulbright Program provides grants for Graduate Students, Scholars and Professionals, and Teachers and Administrators from the U.S. and other countries. It is designed to "increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries..." The Fulbright Program awards approximately 4,500 new grants annually. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation by the United States Congress. Foreign governments and private organizations contribute through cost-sharing and indirect support, such as salary supplements, tuition waivers, university housing, etc. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State.

For further information, contact:
Office of Academic Exchange Programs
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
U.S. Department of State, SA-44
301 4th Street, S.W., Room 234
Washington, D.C. 20547
Phone: 202/619-4360
Fax: 202/401-5914
Email: academic@pd.state.gov

Fulbright Fellow 2003/2004

Nicole Harkin, USA

Law Student
Pace University, School of Law, White Plains, N.Y.Law Student
September 2003-July 2004

German land use law as it relates to U.S. urban sprawl and energy consumption

Other Research Fellows

A number of other foundations offer fellowships, which may be appropriately undertaken using the ELC's facilities. In the past, these have included the German National Merit Foundation, and the Robert-Bosch-Foundation (Graduate Program in International Affairs).The following fellowship project was financed by the European Soils Bureau (European Commission), and the Foundation Charles Leopold Mayer.

Dr Ian Hannam, Australia
Department of Land and Water Conservation, Sydney, Australia
March - May 2001 Legal and Institutional Frameworks for Sustainable Soils:
A Preliminary Report


Students and young lawyers from all over the world come to the ELC to participate in our volunteer internship program. Working at the ELC is an enlightening experience, providing an insight into what it is like to be a part of the fascinating world of an international organisation working in the field of environmental law and policy.

Particular assignments are determined according to a mix of factors, of which the intern's level and qualifications, coupled with the particular needs of the ELC at the time, are the most important.

Interns 2004

Annalisa Savaresi, Italy
LL.M. - International and European Legal Studies, University of Durham, UK
Law Degree, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy
September - October 2004

Thomas Greiber, Germany
LL.M. - International Environmental Law, George Washington University, USA
Postgraduate judicial service trainee, Krefeld District Court, Germany
May - August 2004

Malin Hollberg, Sweden
Law degree graduate, University of Stockholm Law School, Stockholm, Sweden
March - May 2004

Interns 2003

Bernard Blazkiewicz, Poland
LL.M. candidate - Dalhousie Law School, Canada
Magister Prawa - University of Gdansk, Poland
October 2003 - January 2004

Arturo Brandt, Chile
LLM, Vermont Law School, USA
JD University Diego Portales, Chile
September - December 2003

Rajesh Sehgal, India
LLM Environmental Law, Nottingham Trent University, UK
LLB CCS University, India
September - December 2003

Noémi Nemes, Hungary
MA student in International and European Legal Studies
Utrecht University, The Netherlands
February 2003 - July 2003

Maria Jiménez, Costa Rica
MA student in Development Management, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
Diploma in Agrarian and Environmental Law, University of Costa Rica
February 2003 - April 2003

Interns 2002

Ekaterini Sarafidou, Greece
Master Studies European and International Law
( L.L.M.Eur), University of Bremen
October 2002 - January 2003

Sonia Corterier, Germany
Law Degree (1. State Examination), University of Bonn
October 2002 - January 2003

Claudiane Chevalier, France
DEA en Droit International Public
CERIC, Université d'Aix-Marseille III, France
April - October 2002

Dörte Hochmuth
, Germany
Master of Laws (LL.M), University of Uppsala/Schweden
1. Staatsexamen, "Ruprecht-Karls"-Universität, Heidelberg/Germany
June - September 2002

Interns 2001

Caroline Strulik, France
Masters of Laws (LL.M) Queen Mary & Westfield College, London, UK
October - December 2001
Support to lawyers

Nicholas Draggfy, UK
Masters of Law (LL.M) Bachelor of Law (LL.B)
Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales, London
September - December 2001
Support to lawyers

Yaw Osafo , Ghana
BA (Hons) Law and Government, University of Manchester, UK
October 2000 - June 2001
Support to lawyers

Application criteria

Given the level of requests received by the ELC, a set of criteria for applying for an ELC internship has been prepared and can be downloaded here.

Principal author: Anni Lukács. Last updated: 8 September 2004


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