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Internship - Office of the Director, Division of Judicial Services

The Hague (Netherlands)

  • Organization: ICC - International Criminal Court
  • Location: The Hague (Netherlands)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
    • Legal - Broad
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20039 | Registry 

Organisational Unit: Office of the Director, Division of Judicial Services, Registry  
Duty Station: The Hague, NL
Deadline for Applications: 31 January 2021



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).
  • Two reference letters (one academic).
  • Scanned copies of university degrees and/or diplomas.
  • Scanned copies of official academic transcripts that state your courses, results and completion date.
  • One short essay on a subject relevant to the work of the Court (maximum of 750 words, single spaced, type written).


Contract Duration

Interns are required to work full time for a period between three and six months (to be agreed to prior to commencement). Internship placements shall not be extended beyond six months.


Important message:

To participate in containing the COVID-19 spread and in line with the measures adopted by the Host State, the ICC staff members, interns and visiting professional based in The Hague are currently working remotely. Accordingly, the candidates selected for this position are expected to work remotely from within the duty station (The Hague) until the re-opening of the ICC’s premises. They are also expected to work with their own computer and internet connection.


Travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic:

The ICC’s interns and visiting professionals are covered by the Headquarters Agreement, and therefore the ICC is able to assist them with travel and visa arrangements when moving to the duty station.

Organisational Context

The Office of the Director of the Division of Judicial Services consists of the following sections:  Detention Section, Victims Participation and Reparations Section, Counsel Support Section, Information Management Services Section, Court Management Section, Language Services Section, Office of Public Counsel for the Defence, Office of Public Counsel for Victims.


The Office of the Director is responsible for the supervision of its sections and activities related thereto, in particular:

  • the detention and the fundamental rights of the detainees
  • the administration and management of the victims participation and reparations and contacts with the intermediaries, NGOs and international organisations
  • the Counsel, management of their relationships with the Court and the International Criminal Court Bar Association, administration of legal aid
  • the information management including new technologies, the ICC library
  • the support of the judicial activities such as organization of courtroom hearings, management of documents filed before the Chambers  as well as the   representation of the Registrar at the hearings;
  • providing efficient interpretation and translation including in particular the obligations related to the testimonies in uncommon languages

The Office of the Director itself is the strategic centre of the Division and deals with the wide range of issues that arise behind the scenes of the courtroom and helps to ensure that the Chamber’s decisions, which involve the Registry, are implemented within the judicial deadlines. The Office is responsible for liaising on behalf of the Registry with the Chambers and Office of the Prosecutor. It is also responsible for managing the List of Experts.


The Office of the Director has an overview of both the technical and judicial matters relating to the proceedings and is responsible for providing the Division with a well-integrated and coordinated approach to achieve the Division’s aims and activities. 


Duties and Responsibilities

Interns providing services in the Office of the Director, Division of Judicial Services would be required to perform the following duties:

  • Conduct legal research on all matters related to the mandate of the Division.
  • Provide support  to Sections of the Division on specific projects related to their mandate
  • Follow all the cases before the Court;
  • Provide summaries of important filings and where required, an in-depth analysis of relevant decisions;
  • Attend, on behalf of the Office of the Director, the Guest lectures which are regularly hosted by the Office of the Prosecutor in which prominent speakers are invited to speak about current issues in international law which relate to the work of the Court;
  • Draft correspondences;
  • Draft memoranda;
  • Assist with managing the Court’s list of experts database; and
  • Provide administrative assistance when required.
  • In order to complete these services access will be granted to the Court’s own library as well as its wide range of legal databases.


Essential Qualifications


All candidates must have a degree or be in the final stages of their studies at a recognised university in the area of law, international relations or other relevant field. Candidates are expected to have a very good record of academic performance.



Internship placements focus on candidates in the early stages of their professional careers therefore; practical experience is not an essential prerequisite for selection.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Maintains a service-orientated attitude at all times.
  • Has a genuine interest in international law, particularly international criminal law, and legal research.
  • Able to adapt to multicultural and multilingual working environments.
  • Possesses strong teamwork skills (listens, consults and communicates proactively).
  • Has acquired a good standard of computer skills (including Microsoft Office applications).


Knowledge of Languages

Proficiency in either of the working languages of the Court (French or English) is required. Knowledge of another official language of the Court (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.


Other Criteria:

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 June 2020: Afghanistan, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Austria, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cape 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, Kiribati, 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.




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