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Internship - Office of External Affairs - Office of the Prosecutor

The Hague

  • Organization: ICC - International Criminal Court
  • Location: The Hague
  • Grade: Internship - Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
  • Closing Date: Closed

22871 | OTP

Organisational Unit: Office of External Affairs, Office Of The Prosecutor  
Duty Station: The Hague - NL
Contract Duration: 3 to 6 months
Deadline for Applications: 31 December 2023 (midnight The Hague time)

Due to the volume of applications received, only successful applicants will be contacted by the Court.

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).

The Opportunity

The International Criminal Court (ICC) investigates and, where warranted, tries individual charges with the gravest crimes of concerns to the international community: genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and crime of aggression. The Court is participating in the global fight to end impunity, and through the international criminal justice, the Court aims to hold those responsible accountable for their crimes and to help prevent the crimes from happening again. You can contribute to this cause by joining the ICC.

Organisational Context

The Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) is responsible for the independent and impartial investigation and prosecution of individual perpetrators of crimes within the Court’s jurisdiction, in a manner complementary to national jurisdictions. Under the direction of the Prosecutor and in close collaboration with the Immediate Office of the Prosecutor  (“IOP”), the Office of External Affairs (“OEA”) guides the diplomatic and external relations of the office. With its two components (Judicial Cooperation team and External Relations team) the OEA supports OTP in developing and overseeing strategies to reinforce and extend the transversal network of cooperation partners, including by discussing cooperation agreements and by engaging with networks of law enforcement and judicial actors, as well as negotiating and facilitating access to diversified sources of evidence. The judicial cooperation team within the Office of External Affairs provides strategic, technical and operational advice, guidance and quality control to all judicial assistance requests and responses sent on behalf of the Unified Teams. The judicial cooperation team also centralizes a judicial cooperation tracking and compliance system and oversees all communications and records related to outgoing and incoming requests for assistance in the database.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Judicial Cooperation Adviser, the incumbent will assist the Judicial Cooperation team to perform tasks in the area of judicial cooperation, including:

  • Assist in preparation of requests for judicial assistance on behalf of International Cooperation Adviser, in conformity with relevant procedures and standards;
  • Assist in ensuring compliance with requirements of the requested State or relevant organisation;
  • Assist in updating of judicial assistance database to track compliance and enable timely follow-up;
  • Assist Unified teams with incoming requests for assistance;
  • Take minutes and preparing summaries of relevant meetings about judicial cooperation;
  • Participate with team members in relevant internal meetings, such as those of the OEA Working Group;
  • Assist in drafting of reports, papers, and other written documentation and information products;
  • Conduct other background / independent research on topics of relevance for general cooperation;
  • Perform any other duties as required.

Required Qualifications


All Candidates must have a degree or be in the final stages of their studies in International Criminal Law, International Relations, Political Science, Public Administration or a related field at a recognised university. 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. However, practical experience that is relevant to the work of the Court may be considered an asset.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• Able to adapt to multicultural and multilingual working environments.

• Possesses sound knowledge of international relations, and strong oral communication and drafting skills.

• Has acquired a good standard of 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.

Other criteria:

It is the Court’s objective to have diversity and gender balance. And in line with the ICC’s efforts to improve geographical representation among staff, nationals of non-represented and under-represented countries at the ICC are encouraged to apply. The list can be found here.


Please note that internship and visiting professional placements at the ICC are unfunded. The ICC is not able to provide participants in the Internship and Visiting Professional Programme with any remuneration, nor is it possible to provide reimbursement for expenses incurred prior, during or after the internship or visiting professional placement.

Applicants must therefore be able to support themselves for the entire duration of their internship or visiting professional 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.

If funding is available, the Human Resources Section will advertise a funded vacancy announcement in accordance with the terms of reference of the Trust Fund as agreed by the donors.

In order to be eligible for a funded placement, if advertised, 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.

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