ICC - International Criminal Court

ICC The Hague

22343 | OTP

Organisational Unit:

Unified Teams, Office Of The Prosecutor

Duty Station:

The Hague – NL

Contract Duration:

6 months

Deadline for Applications:

20 August 2022

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

Contract Duration

The Visiting Professionals funded by the EC Grant are required to work full time for a period of six months (dates to be agreed before the placement begins).


This position is funded through a grant made available by the European Commission (EC Grant), whereby the Court will provide the selected candidates with a monthly remuneration of €1,500 (with a mandatory deduction for emergency health insurance) and pay for travel costs up to a total value of 2,000 EUR. Please note that (i) costs associated with Visas are the responsibility of the selected candidate, and (ii) due to the nature of the assignment, VPs cannot bring their families along.


The EC Grant aims to provide professional opportunities at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for legal representatives and/or other legal professionals from: – Countries under investigation (situation countries) (currently: Afghanistan, Burundi, Bangladesh/Myanmar, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Darfur (Sudan), Democratic Republic of the Congo, Georgia, Kenya, Libya, Mali, Republic of the Philippines, State of Palestine, Uganda, Ukraine and Venezuela);

– Countries under preliminary examination (currently: Guinea, Nigeria and Venezuela); or

– States Parties to the Rome Statute that are on the list of developing regions of the United Nation’s Statistics Division, namely: Afghanistan, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Honduras, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Namibia, Nauru, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Republic of Korea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, State of Palestine, Suriname, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela and Zambia.

Preference will be given to female candidates from non-represented or under-represented States. The list can be found here.

The Opportunity

The ICC investigates and, where warranted, tries individuals charged with the gravest crimes of concern to the international community: genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and the crime of aggression. The Court is participating in a global fight to end impunity, and through international criminal justice aims to hold those responsible accountable for their crimes and to help prevent these crimes from happening again. You can contribute to this cause by joining the ICC.

Participants in this programme will gain first-hand experience and knowledge of the ICC and its procedures. This will allow participants to develop their legal skills and knowledge of the Rome Statute system, and subsequently to impart lessons learned and best practices to their home organizations. Witnessing the functioning of the only permanent international criminal court will enable participants to contribute to the development of national capacities in their home countries to investigate and prosecute crimes within the jurisdiction of the ICC. On completion of their placement, participants will also submit a short report detailing their experiences and activities.

Organizational Context

The Office of the Prosecutor investigates and prosecutes genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed by nationals of a State Party or on the territory of a State Party on or after 1 July 2002, the date of entry into force of the Rome Statute.

The Unified Teams (UTs) are multidisciplinary teams comprising investigators, analysts, lawyers, an international cooperation adviser, an information management assistant, a case manager, trial support assistants, and other specialists as required. Under the overall leadership of the Head of Unified Team (HUT), these professionals work cohesively towards the common purpose of conducting high quality, effective and efficient investigations leading to successful prosecutions.

Duties and Responsibilities

The candidate will be assigned to work within a Unified Team, supporting the UTs with the following tasks:

  • Assist with drafting arrest warrant applications, document containing the charges, and pre-confirmation brief;
  • Conduct evidence review and assist with decisions on the disclosure of evidence;
  • Take part in internal evidence reviews;
  • Conduct legal analysis and draft analytical memos on specific aspects of the case;
  • Participate in the preparation of briefings to the Prosecutor and Deputy Prosecutors on the status of the case(s).

  • Review of evidence and information relevant to ongoing investigations;
  • Provide updates to major case documents;
  • Provide assistance with legal filings/motions;
  • Assistance with preparations for trials;
  • Other tasks, as required.

Required Qualifications

Education: All Candidates must have a law degree (preferably in criminal law, public international law, humanitarian law, human rights law, or comparative law) from a recognized university. 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. Candidates for a Visiting Professional placement must have at least 3 (three) years of relevant professional experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Confidentiality – Ability to keep strict confidentiality about the relevant information and procedures;
  • Accuracy – Excellent attention to detail and accuracy when processing information;
  • Able to adapt to multicultural and multilingual working environments;
  • Possesses strong teamwork skills (listens, consults and communicates proactively);
  • Has acquired a good standard of computer skills (including Microsoft Office applications, and databases).

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.

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