ICC - International Criminal Court
ICC The Hague
22782 | Registry
Counsel Support Section, Registry
The Hague – NL
Deadline for Applications:
31 December 2023
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).
- One reference letter.
- Optional: short essay or a writing sample on a subject relevant to the work of the Court (maximum of 750 words, single spaced, type written).
Visiting Professionals are required to work full time for a period between one and six months (to be agreed to prior to commencement). Visiting Professional placements shall not be extended beyond six months.
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 crimes of aggression. The Court is participating in the global fight to end impunity, and through 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.
The Counsel Support Section (CSS) is in charge of centralizing and coordinating all assistance provided to counsel by the Court. It serves as the Registry’s focal point for the Offices of Public Counsel, which depend on the Registry solely for administrative purposes, and also provides logistical and administrative assistance. The Section also manages the Court’s programme of legal aid for indigent defendants and victims and handles all provisions relating to the activities of the Court’s disciplinary organs.
Duties and Responsibilities
Visiting professionals are expected to carry out one or more research projects relevant to the mandate of the Section and contribute to the improvement of its policies and procedures, as agreed with the Section Chief.
Education: All candidates must have a relevant degree from a recognised university; an advanced degree will be a strong asset. Candidates are expected to have a very good record of academic performance.
Experience: Visiting Professional placements focus on candidates who have extensive experience in their professional careers in relevant fields of work. Practical experience that is relevant to the work of the Court may be considered an asset. Candidates for a Visiting Professional placement must have at least 3 (three) years of relevant professional experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Excellent drafting skills;
- Excellent research and analytical skills;
- Ability to adapt to multicultural and multilingual working environments;
- Strong teamwork skills (listens, consults and communicates proactively);
- Good 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. 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.