Internship Opportunity at International Criminal Court (ICC Chambers/Case Law Database), The Hague: Apply by July 24


The International Criminal Court (ICC) invites applications for its internship opportunity from eligible students/graduates, for its Chambers Working Group’s Case Law Database Project.

About ICC (International Criminal Court)

The International Criminal Court (ICC or ICCt) is an intergovernmental organization and international tribunal that sits in The Hague, Netherlands. The ICC is the first and only permanent international court with jurisdiction to prosecute individuals for the international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression.

It is intended to complement existing national judicial systems, and it may, therefore, exercise its jurisdiction only when national courts are unwilling or unable to prosecute criminals.

The ICC lacks universal territorial jurisdiction and may only investigate and prosecute crimes committed within member states, crimes committed by nationals of member states, or crimes in situations referred to the Court by the United Nations Security Council.

About the Internship Opportunity

The International Criminal Court (ICC) invites applications for its internship opportunity, for its Chambers Working Group’s Case Law Database (CLD) Project.

Organizational Context

Chambers, comprising three judicial divisions (Appeals Division, Trial Division and Pre-Trial Division), is responsible for judicial proceedings for crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court.

Chambers is recruiting interns to support the Chambers Working Group (CWG) in relation to the Case Law Database (CLD) Project. The CLD Project aims to create a database of the Court’s jurisprudence. To that end, the Chambers Working Group extracts legal findings from the Court’s decisions and identifies relevant keywords and other metadata (‘head-noting’).

The selected candidates will work within the CWG and contribute to the head-noting process under the supervision of the CWG Coordinator.

Duration of Internship

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.

Duties and Responsibilities

As part of the ‘head-noting’ process and under the direct supervision of the CWG Coordinator, the interns will contribute to the head-noting process, which includes the following steps:

  • Conduct in-depth legal analysis of the Court’s judgments, decisions and orders and identify and extract key legal findings and identify relative levels of jurisprudential importance;
  • Identify relevant legal keywords for legal findings;
  • Identify relationships between related judgments, decisions and orders;
  • Collect, organize, and collate other assorted metadata fields for legal findings;
  • Participate in meetings and substantive discussions on issues arising in the CLD Project;
  • Cite-check and edit documents;
  • Assist in the development of other language versions of the CLD; and
  • Perform other tasks, as requested by the CWG Coordinator.

Required Qualifications


  • Candidates must have a degree in law or a relevant legal qualification of a recognised university, demonstrating very good knowledge in international/national criminal law, comparative law and criminology, public international law, international humanitarian law or human rights.
  • 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.
  • Practical experience is not an essential prerequisite for selection.
  • Should there be a practical experience relevant to the Court’s work, it may be considered an asset.
  • However, such working experience should not exceed 3 (three) years.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Proven analytical skills;
  • Able to adapt to multicultural and multilingual working environments;
  • Possesses strong teamwork skills (listens, consults and communicates proactively);
  • Very good oral communication and drafting skills;
  • Has acquired a good standard of computer skills (including Microsoft Office applications) and research skills (including the use of electronic databases).

Knowledge of Languages

Proficiency in English is required.  Knowledge of French and/or 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.

How to Apply?

Interested candidates may apply by clicking on the link given at the end of this post.

Required Documents

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 e-recruitment 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


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 professionals 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.

Application Deadline

July 24, 2022

Click here for the official information.

Click here to apply for the internship at ICC (International Criminal Court).

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