Legal and Enforcement Unit, Presidency
The Hague – NL
Deadline for Applications:
14 May 2023
Due to the volume of applications received, only successful applicants will be contacted by the Court.
This position is funded by the Trust Fund for the Development of Interns and Visiting Professionals.
In order to be eligible for this funded internship position, all applicants must be nationals from countries that appear on the United Nations Statistics Division’s list of developing regions that are a State Party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, 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, 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, Zambia.
Some ICC States Parties are currently (as at 28 February 2023) not represented, or under-represented, and we therefore strongly encourage nationals from the following States Parties to apply: Afghanistan, Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Comoros, Congo, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Fiji, Gabon, Grenada, Guyana, Guatemala, Honduras, Kiribati, Jordan, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Namibia, Nauru, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Suriname, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Tunisia, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Zambia.
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).
This position is funded through the Trust Fund for the development of interns and visiting professionals, whereby the Court will provide the selected candidate a monthly remuneration of €1,125 (with a mandatory deduction for emergency health insurance) as well as some financial help for travel purposes for candidates who are not based in the Netherlands at the time of the recruitment. Please note that (i) costs associated with Visas are the responsibility of the selected candidate, (ii) due to the nature of the assignment, interns cannot bring their families with them.
Interns are required to work full time for a period of six months (to be agreed to prior to commencement). Internship 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 Presidency is one of the four Organs of the Court. It is composed of the President and First and Second Vice-Presidents, all of whom are elected by an absolute majority of the Judges of the Court for a three year renewable term. The judges composing the Presidency serve on a full-time basis.
The Presidency has three main areas of responsibility: judicial/legal functions, administration and external relations. In the exercise of its judicial/legal functions, the Presidency constitutes and assigns cases to Chambers, conducts judicial review of certain decisions of the Registrar and concludes Court-wide cooperation agreements with States and inter-governmental organisations. With the exception of the Office of the Prosecutor, the Presidency is responsible for the proper administration of the Court and oversees the work of the Registry. The Presidency will coordinate and seek the concurrence of the Prosecutor on all matters of mutual concern. Among the Presidency’s responsibilities in the area of external relations is to maintain relations with States and other entities and to promote public awareness and understanding of the Court.
Duties and Responsibilities
Performing his or her duties under the supervision of the Legal Adviser to the ICC President, the Judicial/Legal intern will contribute to:
- Conducting in-depth legal research in administrative, human rights and public international law and other relevant areas of law, on both procedural and substantive issues, in support of the Presidency’s decisions on applications for judicial review;
- Providing support in all aspects of the enforcement of sentences and international cooperation;
- Assisting in drafting legal opinions on the interpretation of the Court’s legal texts, ASP resolutions, international treaties, etc.;
- Providing support in the preparation and servicing internal meetings and committees;
- Assisting in the preparation of speeches, letters, background papers and reports for the President and the Presidency;
- Performing any other duties as assigned.
Education: All Candidates must have a degree or be in the final stages of their studies at a recognised university, demonstrating very good knowledge in public international law, international humanitarian law, human rights law, comparative law, or international /national criminal law. 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. Practical experience is not an essential prerequisite for selection. Should there be a practical experience that is relevant to the work of the Court, it may be considered an asset. However, such working experience should not exceed 3 (three) years.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Able to adapt to multicultural and multilingual working environments.
- Possesses strong teamwork skills (listens, consults and communicates proactively).
- Very good oral communication and drafting skills.
- Has acquired a good standard of computer skills (including Microsoft Office applications) and research skills (including the use of electronic 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.