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Legal Officer

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: 2020-02-03

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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.


1.    Organizational Context


  1. Organizational Setting


    The post is located in the WIPO Judicial Institute, Office of the Legal Counsel.  The WIPO Judicial Institute aims to support the efficient and effective judicial administration of intellectual property, aligned with the national legal traditions, and economic and social circumstances, of Member States.


  2. Purpose Statement


    The incumbent assists the Director in conceptualizing and implementing the work program of the WIPO Judicial Institute.


  3. Reporting Lines


    The incumbent works under the supervision of the Director, WIPO Judicial Institute. 


2.     Duties and Responsibilities


The incumbent will perform the following principal duties\:


a.  In preparation of WIPO meetings for judiciaries organized by the WIPO Judicial Institute, including the annual forum for intellectual property judges and the master class on intellectual property adjudication, draft initial memos, develop programs and supporting documents, and coordinate speaker participation and presentations;


b.  Support the establishment of strategic partnerships with Member State judiciaries and judicial academies, developing and maintaining contacts with courts and judicial institutes, as well as other relevant organizations;


c.  In support of the WIPO Judicial Institute’s continuing judicial education programs and other judicial capacity building activities, prepare draft programs and information papers, facilitate experts’ participation, conduct capacity building sessions and deliver presentations;


d.  Organize the collection, analysis and online publication of information on judicial systems, jurisprudence and empirical data on judicial activities;


e.  Undertake legal research related to judicial administration of intellectual property and coordinate the preparation of draft resource tools and publications for judges, in particular addressing areas that raise novel intellectual property adjudication issues;


f.   Liaise and help ensure the coordination with relevant WIPO Divisions providing judicial capacity building, with a view to strengthening complementarity, building synergies and achieving a coherent, systematic, Organization-wide approach to judicial capacity building;


g.  Perform other related duties as required.



3.     Requirements




University degree in law or otherwise eligibility to practice as an attorney, preferably with a specialization in intellectual property law.




At least six years of relevant professional work experience in the area of law, preferably through court experience and in intellectual property law.  An advanced university degree may be accepted in lieu of two years of experience.




Experience in the organization of judicial education programs.




Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English, including the ability to draft legal texts.



Knowledge of other UN languages.


Job Related Competencies


Good knowledge of the legal issues of intellectual property law, in particular in relation to judicial systems and jurisprudence.


Excellent analytical and legal drafting skills.


Organizational skills with the ability to work quickly and accurately under pressure and to respect deadlines.


Sound political judgment.


Discretion and good diplomatic skills.


Competent user of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and the internet.


Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity. 


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.  Accordingly, the selected candidate may be required to move from time to time to new functions and/or to another duty station.


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 November 2019 rate of 76.7%




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Salaries and allowances are paid in Swiss francs at the official rate of exchange of the United Nations.


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


Additional Information


Initial period of two years, renewable, subject to satisfactory performance.  No fixed-term appointment or any extension hereof shall carry with it any expectancy of, nor imply any right to, (further) extensions or conversion to a permanent appointment.


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.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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