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Legal Officer

  • Organization: WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization
  • Location:
  • Grade: Mid level - P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: Closed

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING APPLICATION DEADLINE\:  please note that the deadline for applications is indicated in local time as per the time zone of the applicant’s location.


This post is a limited-term fixed-term post.


1.     Organizational Context


a.    Organizational Setting


Coordinating with other vertical and horizontal WIPO sectors, the IP and Innovation Ecosystems Sector (IES) is responsible for helping Member States develop their IP and innovation ecosystems to drive enterprise and economic growth. IES is also responsible for providing support for researchers and innovators, as well as enterprises, including SMEs, in IP commercialization and otherwise using IP for business growth; issues relating to the emergence of IP as an asset class; and the development of advisory expertise in these and related areas, for example, in national IP strategies.


Within IES, the position is located in the IP Disputes Section of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center which provides services for the resolution of intellectual property and technology disputes between private parties through methods other than court litigation. The IP Disputes Section is responsible for the administration of mediation, arbitration and expert determination cases filed with the Center and various related aspects of the development and promotion of WIPO alternative dispute resolution.

b.    Purpose Statement


The incumbent contributes to the legal and organizational work of the Center, including contributing to the development of Center-supported dispute resolution policies tailored to local and regional needs and ensuring their implementation.


c.    Reporting Lines


The incumbent works under the supervision of the Head of the IP Disputes Section and is based in the Center's Office in Singapore.



2.      Duties and Responsibilities


The incumbent will perform the following principal duties\:


a.   Promote in Singapore and in the region the services of the Center in the administration of mediation, arbitration and expert determination cases.


b.   Produce materials on WIPO alternative dispute resolution for conferences and training programs. Promote participation at such events, represent the Center and maintain contact with participants.


c.   Contribute to the development and promotion of new Center-supported dispute resolution policies tailored to local and regional needs and implement such policies.


d.   Administer mediation, arbitration and expert determination cases filed with the Center.


e.   Provide procedural guidance in relation to WIPO alternative dispute resolution in response to queries received.


f.    Keep abreast of developments, undertake legal and marketing research in local and regional dispute resolution practices relevant to potential demand for the Center's services and contribute to publications on IP alternative dispute resolution.


g.   Perform other related duties as required.



3.      Requirements


Education (Essential)

First-level university degree in law.


Education (Desirable)

University degree including studies in intellectual property and/or alternative dispute resolution.


Experience (Essential)

At least six years of relevant professional experience, including experience in intellectual property law or alternative dispute resolution in a law firm and/or department or agency.


Language (Essential)

Excellent (written and spoken) knowledge of English.


Language (Desirable)

Ability to work in other WIPO languages.


Job Related Competencies (Essential)

Broad understanding of intellectual property and alternative dispute resolution.


An understanding of the use of information technology in the context of dispute resolution processes.


Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.


Excellent written and oral communication skills.


Flexibility and team spirit.


Ability to work quickly and accurately under pressure.


Ease and tact in personal contacts at all levels.


Job Related Competencies (Desirable)

Good understanding of the procedures applicable to the work of the work unit.



4.      Organizational Competencies


1.    Communicating effectively.

2.    Showing team spirit.

3.    Demonstrating integrity.

4.    Valuing diversity.

5.    Producing results.

6.    Showing service orientation.

7.    Seeing the big picture.

8.    Seeking change and innovation.

9.    Developing yourself and others.



5.      Information


Mobility\:  WIPO staff members are international civil servants subject to the authority of the Director General and may be assigned to any activities, office or duty station of the Organization.


Annual salary\:

Total annual salary consists of a net annual salary (net of taxes and before medical insurance and pension fund deductions) in US dollars and a post adjustment.  Please note that this estimate is for information only.  The post adjustment multiplier (cost of living allowance) is variable and subject to change (increase or decrease) without notice.  The figures quoted below are based on the October 2023 rate of 69.6% (Singapore)




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Please refer to WIPO’s Staff Regulation and Rules for detailed information concerning salaries, benefits and allowances.


Additional Information


Initial fixed-term appointment of two years, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and other applicable conditions.  The selected candidate’s appointment will be subject to an overall term of five years in this position, with no possibility of renewal beyond that term.  S/he may, however, apply and be considered for other positions at WIPO.

This is not applicable to WIPO staff members on fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointments, who were recruited following a competition under Staff Regulation 4.10 (“Appointment Boards”).


This vacancy announcement may be used to fill other posts at the same grade with similar functions in accordance with Staff Rule 4.9.5.


Applications from qualified women as well as from qualified nationals of unrepresented Member States of WIPO and underrepresented geographical regions are encouraged. Please click on the following links for the list of unrepresented Member States and the list of underrepresented regions and the WIPO Member States in these regions.


The Organization reserves the right to make an appointment at a grade lower than that advertised.




By completing an application, candidates understand that any willful misrepresentation made on this web site, or on any other documents submitted to WIPO during the application, may result in disqualification from the recruitment process, or termination of employment with WIPO at a later date, if that employment resulted from such willful misrepresentations.


In the event that your candidature is shortlisted, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of an identification and of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WIPO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link\: http\:// Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be reviewed individually.


Additional testing/interviewing may be used as a form of screening.  Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory professional references.


Additional background checks may be required.

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