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University traineeship program

Call for applications for the 2018-2019 University Traineeship Programme of the International Court of Justice

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) invites applications for the 2018-2019 University Traineeship Programme. Universities may only nominate candidates for the programme if they accept the conditions indicated in the post description and meet the additional requirements set out below.

The programme was established in 1999 to enable recent law graduates to gain experience working at the ICJ. It aims to improve participants’ understanding of international law and of the Court’s procedures by actively involving them in the work of the Court and allowing them to build on their experience under the supervision of a judge.

The deadline for the submission of applications by universities is 15 February 2018. The Court will select candidates on the basis of their application documents. It is expected to reach its final decision in March/April 2018. Nominating universities will be notified accordingly.

Selection of candidates

While it is possible to nominate a single candidate, the Court encourages universities to propose more than one. Universities are also strongly encouraged to limit nominations to candidates who have excellent results in their law studies and who have demonstrated an interest in international law through their studies, publications or work experience. The Court does not accept applications from individuals.

Letters of reference

Universities should submit at least two letters of reference for each candidate, preferably from individuals who can attest to the candidate’s abilities in the field of international law.

Writing sample

Universities are requested to submit a sample of each candidate’s written work of no more than 15 typewritten pages that has either been submitted for publication or is of similar publishable quality. The Court sets great store by this part of the application and would appreciate the nominating university making every effort to enable the Court to consider written work produced directly by the candidate.

Presentation of the applications

Universities are kindly requested to submit the application documents in Word or PDF format in the following order:

  1. letter from the university sponsoring the candidate confirming that it accepts all the conditions of the programme;
  2. letter of application from the candidate;
  3. completed ICJ University Trainee Application Form in one of the official languages of the Court;
  4. candidate's curriculum vitae;
  5. copy of the candidate’s official academic record;
  6. letters of reference; and
  7. candidate’s writing sample.

Applications should be submitted by e-mail to For further information, please contact the Deputy-Registrar at the above address.

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Application form for university trainee candidates