Visiting Professional - Legal Office
The Hague (Netherlands)
19299 | Registry
|Organisational Unit:||Legal Office, Registry|
|Duty Station:||The Hague - NL|
|Contract Duration:||6 months|
|Deadline for Applications:||31/12/2020|
Required Documents for This Application
Please note that you will need to have the following information ready in order to complete your application
- A completed “Duties and Responsibilities Form” (refer to step 1 on your eRecruitment Profile page).
- Motivation letter (maximum of 400 words).
- One reference letter.
- Optional: short essay or a writing sample on a subject relevant to the work of the Court (maximum of 750 words, single spaced, type written).
Visiting Professionals are required to work full time for a period between one and six months (to be agreed to prior to commencement). Visiting Professional placements shall not be extended beyond six months.
The RLO supports the Registrar in the legal aspects of the functions he performs under the Rome Statute, Rules of Procedure and Evidence, Regulations of the Court, Regulations of the Registry, Financial Regulations and Rules, Staff Regulations and Rules and other legal instruments governing the ICC.
The RLO's advisory role covers both the ICC's judicial functioning where the Registry is involved - such as in matters related to witnesses, detention of the accused, victim participation, and legal aid - and legal matters affecting the ICC as an international organisation - such as privileges and immunities, relations with States and other international organisations, and its administration. In performing this dual role, the RLO is responsible for ensuring the quality, uniformity and consistency of legal positions across the various Registry divisions, units and sections; coordinating an internal legal network comprised of all the lawyers across the Registry; and providing legal advice to its clients. The RLO also advises the Registrar in staff litigation, including before the International Labour Organization's Administrative Tribunal.
The RLO provides a broad range of legal services including drafting, negotiating, advising and litigating. It combines a commitment to legal excellence with a result-oriented and policy-friendly approach in delivering legal services. Because of the diversity of matters on which it advises, it operates as a dynamic and multifaceted international law practice in anticipation of and in response to client requirements.
The RLO is headed by the Legal Counsel.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Provides assistance regarding complex legal matters arising under public international law, international criminal law, international administrative law and international institutional law affecting the Registry and the Court more broadly and encompassing assistance with, amongst others, litigation, advice, research and analysis, in one or more of the following areas: administrative issues, judicial matters and external relations.
Candidates must have a university law degree. An advanced university degree would be a strong asset. Candidates are expected to have a very good record of academic performance.
Visiting Professional placements focus on candidates who have extensive experience and expertise in their professional careers in fields of work relevant to the work of the RLO.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Excellent drafting skills;
- Excellent research and analytical skills;
- Ability to adapt to multicultural and multilingual working environments;
- Strong analytical skills, and effective communication, negotiation, diplomatic and advocacy skills, combined with interpersonal skills and political sensitivity;
- Possesses sound judgment; ability to drive innovation and eliminate barriers to effective and efficient work practices;
- Strong teamwork skills (listens, consults and communicates proactively);
- Good computer skills (including Microsoft Office applications).
Knowledge of Languages:
Proficiency in one of the working languages of the Court, French or English, is required. Working knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another official language of the Court (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.
In line with the ICC’s efforts to improve geographical representation among staff, nationals of the countries listed below are strongly encouraged to apply.
Non-represented or under-represented countries at the ICC as of 30 November 2019: Afghanistan, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Austria, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Comoros, Congo, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Gabon, Germany, Grenada, Guyana, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Montenegro, Namibia, Nauru, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Republic of Korea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Slovakia, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Tunisia, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Zambia.
Please note that the ICC is not able to provide all participants in the Internship and Visiting Professional Programme with remuneration, nor is it possible to provide reimbursement for expenses incurred during the internship or visiting professional placement.
Applicants should therefore be able to support themselves for the duration of their internship or placement.
Limited funding may, however, be available through the ICC’s Trust Fund for the Development of Interns and Visiting Professionals, which receives donations from States Parties and other donors to fund nationals of States Parties from developing regions. These donations are equally divided between the four Organs of the Court.
If funding is available, the Human Resources Section shall assess a candidate’s eligibility in accordance with the terms of reference of the Trust Fund as agreed by the donors.
In order to be eligible, the applicant must, among other criteria, be a national from a country that is a State Party to the Rome Statue and appears on the United Nations Statistics Division’s list of developing regions.
Candidates eligible for funding shall receive detailed information and further instructions after the selection process is finalized. Stipends will always be agreed at the time of offering the internship. No funding will be provided at a later stage.