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Trial Lawyer (P-4) - Short Term

Multiple locations

  • Organization: ICC - International Criminal Court
  • Location: Multiple locations
  • Grade: Mid level - P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: 2022-12-01
22721 | OTP 

Posting Date:   24/11/2022
Deadline for Applications:   01/12/2022 (midnight The Hague time)
Organizational Unit:   Ukrainian Unified Team, Office of the Prosecutor
Duty Station:   Various duty stations
Type of Appointment:   Short Term Appointment
Minimum Net Annual Salary:  

Depending on duty station

Contract Duration:   To be determined


Special Notice:

A Short-Term Appointment is used to recruit staff to meet short-term needs. The duration of this assignment is provided above. The maximum duration of a short-term appointment including extensions shall not exceed 12 months.


A Short-Term Appointment does not carry any expectancy, legal or otherwise, of renewal and shall not be converted to any other type of appointment.


Due to the short-term nature of the assignment, the ICC reserves the right to make an appointment at one grade lower than that stated in the vacancy with a modified job description.


A current ICC staff member who is holding a fixed-term appointment may apply for any short-term position. Where a current ICC staff member is selected to a short-term position, he or she will be temporarily assigned to the position in line with section 4.10 of ICC/AI/2016/001. GS-level posts are subject to local recruitment only.


The terms and conditions of service for staff members appointed under a short-term appointment are governed by ICC/AI/2016/001.


Organisational Context

The advertised position is situated in the Office of the Prosecutor. It forms part of the Unified Team that is working on alleged crimes committed in Ukraine that fall within the jurisdiction of the Court. The Trial Lawyer will report directly to the Head of the Unified Team (D1 Principal Trial Lawyer).


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Principal Trial Lawyer, the incumbent performs the following functions:

  • Rendering legal advice and support to the Principal Trial Lawyer and  investigation and analysis teams relating to characterisation and proof of crimes in the context of an ongoing conflict;
  • Appearing as counsel before the Court in pre-trial proceedings, trials and appeals (under coordination of the Principal Trial Lawyer);
  • Preparing submissions and advice regarding pre-trial and trial litigation;
  • Preparing conduct of pre-trial and trial proceedings and participating in such proceedings;
  • Conducting legal research regarding international criminal law,  international humanitarian law, comparative criminal law and procedure, evidence and policy issues;
  • Conducting training of members of the OTP on topics within a prosecutor’s expertise;
  • Supervising the assignments of associate trial lawyers;
  • Participating in missions to Ukraine;
  • Performing other tasks as instructed by the  Principal Trial Lawyer.


Qualifications and Experience


Advanced university degree in law from a recognised university, preferably with specialisation in criminal, international, humanitarian or international criminal law; A first level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience is accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.



A minimum of seven years of relevant professional experience (nine years with a first level university degree) as a prosecutor, investigating magistrate, criminal defence lawyer, litigator in complex litigation, legal officer in chambers of international courts or tribunals, or the equivalent;


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated experience in preparing or conducting complex legal cases;
  • Experience in identifying, analysing and advocating legal positions regarding the law and theory of the case regarding genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and the modes of liability recognised in international criminal courts and tribunals;
  • Outstanding oral advocacy and drafting skills;
  • Planning and organisational skills including managing conflicting priorities and working with tight deadlines;
  • Sound judgment in applying legal expertise to sensitive, complex legal issues;
  • Strong analytical and computer skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work on a litigation team, preferably with members from different criminal justice systems;
  • Ability to work in a non-discriminatory manner, with respect for diversity; professional and personal integrity.


Knowledge of Languages:

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


ICC Leadership Competencies

ICC Core Competencies
Dedication to the mission and values
Learning and developing
Handling uncertain situations
Realising objectives

Learn more about ICC leadership and core competencies.

General Information
- In accordance with the Rome Statute, the ICC is committed to achieving geographical representation and gender equality within its staff as well as representation of the principal legal systems of the world (legal positions). Nationals from the list of non-represented and under-represented States are strongly encouraged to apply. In addition, applications from women are strongly encouraged for senior positions at the Professional (P) and Director (D) levels. Posts shall be filled preferably by a national of a State Party to the ICC Statute, or of a State which has signed and is engaged in the ratification process or which is engaged in the accession process, but nationals from non-state parties may also be considered, as appropriate.

- The selected candidate will be subject to a Personnel Security Clearance (PSC) process in accordance with the ICC policy. The PSC process will include but is not limited to, verification of the information provided in the personal history form and a criminal record check. All candidates should be in a positon to submit electronic copy of their passport and all diplomas listed on their profile when requested;
-  Applicants may check the status of vacancies on ICC E-Recruitment web-site;
-  Personnel recruited at the General Service level are not entitled to all of the benefits granted to internationally-recruited staff;
-  The ICC reserves the right to not make any appointment to the vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description.

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