Applications are invited for the internship opportunity at the International Criminal Court, for its Legal Office, Registry, The Hague.
About the ICC & RLO
The RLO supports the Registrar in the legal aspects of the functions he performs under the Rome Statute, Rules of Procedure and Evidence, Regulations of the Court, Regulations of the Registry, Financial Regulations and Rules, Staff Regulations and Rules, and other legal instruments governing the ICC.
The RLO’s advisory role covers both the ICC’s judicial functioning where the Registry is involved – such as in matters related to witnesses, detention of the accused, victim participation, and legal aid – and legal matters affecting the ICC as an international organization.
The RLO is headed by the Legal Counsel.
Details of the Internship
- Organizational Unit: Registry Legal Office
- Contract Duration: 3 to 6 months
- Deadline for Applications: 31 December 2021
Duties and Responsibilities
Within this framework, and under the direct supervision of the Legal Counsel, Deputy Legal Counsel, or other designated staff members of the RLO, the intern will perform the following duties:
- Conduct extensive legal research and analysis
- Contribute to the preparation and drafting of (complex) legal documents including legal submissions, correspondence, memoranda, opinions, and briefs
- Contributes to providing advice to client sections and assist in providing advice to the
- Registrar and other senior officials of the Court
- Assist in negotiating agreements with a variety of parties within the Court
- Prepare summaries and updates of legal and factual issues
- Monitor judicial proceedings, provide advice on decisions and prepare summaries and digests for various purposes of the Registry
- Provide support in developing the operational framework for delivery of legal services including establishing and managing workflows, work processes, SOPs, systems and databases, and central repositories of legal opinions and research, agreements, contracts, and MoUs
- Perform other or additional duties as assigned
Interns are required to work full time for a period between 3 and 6 months (to be agreed to prior to commencement). Internship placements cannot be extended beyond 6 months.
- All candidates must have a university law degree in law.
- Candidate must have sound knowledge of public international law, international criminal law, contract law, or (international) administrative law, as relevant to the work of the RLO; an advanced university degree is a strong asset.
- 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 RLO may be considered an asset.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Demonstrate excellent analytical and drafting skills;
- Be able to adapt to multicultural and multilingual working environments;
- Possess strong teamwork skills (listen, consult and communicate proactively);
- Have 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.
- Please note that internship and visiting professional placements at the ICC are unfunded.
- 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 Statute and appears on the United Nations Statistics Division’s list of developing regions.
How to Apply?
Interested candidates may apply by clicking here.
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
- One short essay on a subject relevant to the work of the Court (maximum of 750 words, single-spaced, typewritten)
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.
December 31, 2021
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