Deadline for applications : 26 March 2015
Post title : Law Clerk to Judges of the Court (Associate Legal Officer)
Grade : P-2
Reference : 2015/2
Duty Station : International Court of Justice, The Hague, Netherlands
Organizational Unit : Department of Legal Matters
Indicative minimum net annual remuneration (including post adjustment) :
At single rate: €57,019
At dependency rate: €60,791


The International Court of Justice wishes to appoint a Law Clerk who will provide research and other legal assistance to one of the judges of the Court. For administrative purposes, Law Clerks are attached to the Department of Legal Matters.


Under the supervision of the judge to whom he or she will be specifically assigned, the Law Clerk will provide that judge with legal research and related assistance with regard to cases pending before the Court. The Law Clerk may also be required to provide legal assistance and support to a judge ad hoc participating in a particular case. In co-ordination with his or her judge, the Law Clerk may also from time to time be called upon to perform some specific legal tasks for the Registry.

  • an advanced university degree in law, with a significant academic background in public international law or professional experience in the field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree. Postgraduate studies in public international law would be an asset;
  • two years’ experience in the settlement of international legal disputes with an international organization, government, law firm or other private sector entity would be desirable.


French and English are the official and working languages of the Court. Excellent knowledge of and drafting ability in French is required, as well as a good command of English. Knowledge of other official languages of the United Nations would be an asset.


Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.

The Court’s salaries are calculated in US dollars but paid in euros. They consist of a basic salary and a post adjustment which reflects the cost of living in the Netherlands and the euro/dollar exchange rate.

In addition, the Court offers an attractive benefits package including 30 days of annual leave, home travel every two years, an education grant for dependent children, a pension plan and medical insurance.


How to apply:

Applicants should complete a United Nations Personal History Form (P.11), or submit a full curriculum vitae, and attach a handwritten cover letter. Applicants are specifically requested to provide, with their application, a copy of their complete official academic record or transcript, detailing the grades/marks received for every university or professional qualification obtained (degree class, grade point average, mark or position in the overall ranking). If the relevant university or authority does not make such information available, that fact should be stated.

The selected candidate may be subject to a security clearance, including verification of the information provided in the personal history form and a criminal record check. All candidates should be in a position to submit an electronic copy of their passport and all diplomas listed on their profile when requested.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to send their application by e-mail, addressed to the Registrar of the Court, clearly indicating the vacancy announcement number.

E-mail: recrutement-recruitment@icj-cij.org

Fax: +31 70 364 99 28

Only applications from candidates under serious consideration will be acknowledged. Applications that are found by the Court to meet the above criteria may be added to a reserve list in case a similar vacancy arises in the future.

The Registrar reserves the right not to appoint any candidate to the post, or to appoint one at a lower level or on the basis of a modified description.

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