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  • Organization: ICC - International Criminal Court
  • Location: The Hague
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-31

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Internship - Legal Office

The Hague (Netherlands)

18579 | Registry

Organisational Unit: Legal Office, Registry
Duty Station: The Hague - NL
Contract Duration: 3 to 6 months
Deadline for Applications: 31/12/2019

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 cannot be extended beyond six months.

Organisational Context

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 organisation - such as privileges and immunities, relations with States and other international organisations, and all aspects of its administration. In performing this dual role, the RLO is responsible for ensuring the quality, uniformity and consistency of legal positions across the various Registry divisions, units and sections; coordinating an internal legal network comprised of all the lawyers across the Registry; and providing legal advice to its clients. The RLO also advises the Registrar in staff litigation, including before the International Labour Organization's Administrative Tribunal.

The RLO provides a broad range of legal services including drafting, negotiating, advising and litigating. It combines a commitment to legal excellence with a result-oriented and policy-friendly approach in delivering legal services. Because of the diversity of matters on which it advises, it operates as a dynamic and multifaceted international law practice in anticipation of and in response to client requirements.

The RLO is headed by the Legal Counsel.

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 assit 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 work flows, 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.

Essential Qualifications

Education:

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.

Experience:

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:

Candidates must:

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.

Remuneration

Please note that the ICC is not able to provide participants in the Internship and Visiting Professional Programme with remuneration, nor is it possible to provide reimbursement for any expenses incurred during the internship or Visiting Professional placement. Accordingly, applicants must have the necessary resources or other financial support for the duration of the placement for which they have been selected.

If a State Party to the Rome Statute provides a donation to the Internship Programmes Fund, it may be possible to offer a limited number of interns a stipend for cost of living and travel. If funding is available, the Human Resources Section will conduct an assessment of the candidate determining eligibility for funding in accordance with the Court’s Policy on Internships and Visiting Professionals and relevant funding conditions. 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 Statute and appear 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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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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