The International Court of Justice wishes to appoint a number of Law Clerks, each of whom will provide research and other legal assistance to one of the judges of the Court. For administrative purposes, the Law Clerks are attached to the Department of Legal Matters.
Under the supervision of the judge to whom he or she will be specifically assigned, the Law Clerk will provide such judge with legal research and related assistance with regard to cases pending before the Court. The Law Clerk may also be required to provide legal assistance and support to a judge ad hoc participating in a particular case. In co-ordination with his or her judge, the Law Clerk may also from time to time be called upon to perform some specific legal tasks for the Registry.
Qualifications and skills:
- an advanced university degree in law, with significant academic background in public international law or professional experience in the field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree. Postgraduate studies in public international law would be an asset;
- two years’ experience in the settlement of international legal disputes with an international organization, government, law firm or other private sector entity would be desirable.
French and English are the official languages of the Court. Excellent knowledge of and drafting ability in one of these languages is required, as well as good comprehension of and basic ability to communicate in the other language. Knowledge of other official languages of the United Nations would be an asset.
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 euro/dollar 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 pension plan and medical insurance.
PLEASE NOTE THAT APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
How to apply:
Applicants should complete a United Nations Personal History Form (P.11), or submit a full curriculum vitae, and attach a cover letter. Applicants are specifically requested to provide, at the time of their application, a full copy of their official academic record indicating the level of attainment achieved (e.g., class of degree, GPA, mark awarded, or position in overall ranking) in respect of any university or professional qualification obtained. If the relevant university or authority does not make such information available, that fact should be stated.
The selected candidates may be subject to a security clearance, including verification of the information provided in the personal history form and a criminal record check. All candidates should be in a position to submit an electronic copy of their passport and all diplomas listed on their profile when requested.
All applicants are strongly encouraged to send their application by e-mail, addressed to the Registrar of the Court, clearly indicating the vacancy announcement number.
E-mail : 2016P2.Referendaires@icj-cij.org
Fax : + 31 70 364 99 28
Only applications from shortlisted candidates 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.