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Post title Reference Grade Date Deadline
Principal Legal Secretary  2017/5 D-1 28 April 2017 28 May 2017
at midnight Central European Time (CET)
Administrative Assistant  2017/6 GS-6 3 May 2017 14 June 2017
at midnight Central European Time (CET)

Deadline for applications : 9 February 2013
Post title : Senior Legal Officer/First Secretary of the Court
Grade : P-5
Reference : 2012/8
Duty Station : International Court of Justice, The Hague, Netherlands
Organizational Unit : Department of Legal Matters
Indicative minimum net annual remuneration (including post adjustment) :
At dependency rate: €86,904
At single rate: €80,734


The incumbent, working under the overall supervision of the Principal Legal Secretary (Head of the Department of Legal Matters), will assist the Court in its judicial activity and provide other legal assistance to Members of the Court and the Registrar. His/her specific duties include the following:

  • acting as Secretary of committees of the Court, in particular drafting committees;
  • undertaking day to day management of case files and ensuring an efficient work flow in the preparation of cases;
  • preparing and/or supervising the preparation of case related documents, following up the technical processing of judicial decisions, drafting sections of the Court’s judgments and other decisions when so required;
  • supervising and reviewing the work of the Legal Secretaries, Legal Officers, Associate Legal Officers, trainees and interns;
  • preparing and/or supervising the preparation of speeches for the President and the Registrar;
  • providing any other legal assistance that may be required for Members of the Court;
  • collaborating with and providing legal support to other departments and services of the Registry in the fulfilment of their tasks;
  • if required, providing legal advice concerning contract management and interpretation of staff rules and regulations.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • advanced university degree, with a specialization in public international law; a relevant combination of university degree, professional training and experience may be taken into consideration;
  • very good knowledge of the Court, its case law and procedures;
  • substantial experience in public international law, international dispute settlement or international organizations; previous experience with an international court desirable; additional experience in private law, contract law and/or administrative law of international organizations would be an asset;
  • excellent knowledge of the Court’s two working languages; very good drafting ability in both these languages, particularly in French;
  • proven management and supervisory abilities in a multilingual and multicultural environment.


Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.

The Court’s salaries are calculated in US dollars but paid in euros. They consist of a basic salary and a post adjustment which reflects the cost of living in the Netherlands and the dollar/euro exchange rate.

In addition, the Court offers an attractive benefits package including 30 days of annual leave, home travel every two years, an education grant for dependent children, a relocation grant, a rental subsidy, an additional dependency allowance where appropriate, diplomatic status equivalent to that of an Embassy First Secretary, a pension plan* and medical insurance*.

For more information regarding the salary scales, please consult the "UN Salaries, Allowances, Benefits and Job Classification website".

The Registrar reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than that indicated in this vacancy announcement.


* Contributions deductible from salary.

How to apply:

Applicants are requested to complete a United Nations Personal History Form (P.11) and to submit a cover letter.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to send their application by e mail, addressed to the Registrar of the International Court of Justice, clearly indicating the vacancy announcement number.

E mail:
Fax: +31 70 302 2346

Only applications from candidates under serious consideration will be acknowledged. Applications that are found by the Court to meet the above criteria may be added to a reserve list in case a similar vacancy arises in the future.

The Registrar reserves the right not to appoint any candidate to the post, or to appoint one at a lower level or on the basis of a modified description.

United Nations Personal History Form (P.11)
United Nations Salaries, Allowances, Benefits and Job Classification website