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Legal Officer (Chinese/English)

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: 2020-08-06

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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 position is located in the Internet Dispute Resolution Section of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, which is a resource center for the resolution of intellectual property disputes between private parties through methods other than court litigation. The Center's areas of activity are covered by the IP Disputes and External Relations Division (comprising the IP Disputes Section, the Information and External Relations Section, and the Business Development Unit), and by the Internet Dispute Resolution Section. The Internet Dispute Resolution Section is responsible for the administration of domain name disputes filed under different policies and various related aspects of the Internet Domain Name System (DNS), as well as selected policy developments as they relate to Internet dispute resolution.


  2. Purpose Statement


    As Legal Officer, the incumbent contributes to the legal and organizational work of the Section and in particular to the planning and supervision of the administration of Internet dispute resolution proceedings.


  3. Reporting Lines


    The incumbent works under the supervision of a Senior Legal Officer in the Internet Dispute Resolution Section.



2.      Duties and Responsibilities


The incumbent will perform the following principal duties\:


a.   Provide input for the development and implementation of Internet dispute resolution policies, in particular in the Chinese language and in relation to the .CN country code Top-Level Domain.


b.   Assign work to and supervise the work of Legal Case Managers.  Provide guidance on issues arising in the management of cases.


c.   Review decisions, including in the Chinese language, with a view to providing input to the Section's Senior Legal Officers for the purpose of inclusion in WIPO's publicly available case-related resources.


d.   Make proposals to the Section's Senior Legal Officers on the selection of WIPO panelists based on case requirements.


e.   Maintain relations with and provide information to users, relevant organizations and registrars on Internet dispute resolution and operational matters.


f.    Represent the Organization at national and international meetings and participate in seminars, workshops and training courses and deliver training and presentations on Internet dispute resolution matters.


g.   Keep abreast of developments and undertake legal research on Internet dispute resolution with a view to maintaining and developing WIPO's role in this area.


h.   Perform other related duties as required.



3.      Requirements


Education (Essential)

First-level university degree in law. 

Education (Desirable)

Advanced university degree in law.


Experience (Essential)

At least six years of relevant professional experience including in intellectual property law or alternative dispute resolution in a law firm and/or department or agency.  An advanced university degree may be accepted in lieu of two years of experience.


Experience (Desirable)

Professional experience in domain name dispute resolution.


Language (Essential)

Excellent written and spoken knowledge of Chinese and English.


Language (Desirable)

Good knowledge of another UN official language and/or language relevant to WIPO domain name proceedings (see


Job Related Competencies (Essential)

Knowledge of and ability to work within the policies and procedures applicable to the activities of the work unit.


Understanding of the use of information technology in the context of dispute resolution processes.


Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.


Excellent time management and work organization skills.


Excellent written and oral communication skills.


Highly adaptable to new environments, tasks and demands.


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


Competent user of databases, applications including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint and the Internet, and ability to work with and to adapt quickly to new software.



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 June 2020 rate of 78.5%




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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 one year, 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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