David J. Bederman Fellowship in International Law

The David J. Bederman Fellowship in International Law is named for Professor David Bederman, a renowned international law scholar and long-time faculty member at Emory Law.

International Court of Justice


The fellowship is awarded each year to up to two Emory Law students who are chosen through a competitive application process. Bederman Fellows receive grants of $5,000-$7,000, depending on the length of their chosen course of study, to cover travel costs and living expenses in The Hague, as well as tuition and fees for study in the Summer Programme at The Hague Academy of International Law. More information about the Hague Academy Summer Programme can be found here.

Bederman Fellows are required to complete a basic course in international law prior to the start of the program as a pre-requisite for admission to the Summer Programme.  Additional coursework/background in international law is also encouraged.

Student Fellows will be expected to make all necessary arrangements for travel, any required visas, housing, health care, and other logistical matters.  Further, he/she will be fully responsible for expenses, including travel, rent, meals, health and other insurance for the duration of the fellowship. The grant is intended to help defray these costs.

If you are interested in applying for the fellowship, please e-mail materials indicated below to Prof. Julie Seaman no later than December 15. Upon selection, Bederman fellows must ALSO submit their application directly to The Hague Academy according to the timetable provided by the Academy at its website. Note that applications are due to the Hague Academy on January 31, 2018. 

Your Bederman Fellowship Application should include the following: 

  1. A 500-word statement of why you are interested in the Fellowship. Be sure to indicate whether you plan to apply to the Public International Law Programme, the Private International Law Programme, or both. Also, be sure your statement describes your prior international coursework and experience and that it indicates any other study or work you hope to do next summer, in addition to the fellowship:

  2. An updated resume/CV; and

  3. A report of your law school and undergraduate coursework and grades (official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable).

Please consolidate all required documents into one PDF and email it as an attachment to Professor Seaman by December 15th, as indicated above.