Closing date: Saturday, 15 April 2023

22881 | OTP

Organisational Unit:

Unified Teams, Prosecution Pillars, Office of the Prosecutor

Duty Station:

The Hague – NL

Contract Duration:

6 months

Deadline for Applications:

15 April 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

Contract Duration

Visiting Professionals are required to work full time for a period between three and six months (to be agreed to prior to commencement). Visiting Professional placements shall not be extended beyond six months.

The Opportunity

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 crime of aggression. The Court is participating in the global fight to end impunity, and through the 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.

Organisational 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 two Deputy Prosecutors, under the delegated authority of the Prosecutor, manage two established Prosecution Pillars. The two Deputy Prosecutors manage an equal division of situations and cases based on a Unified Team concept.

The Unified Teams 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, these professionals work cohesively towards the common purpose of conducting high quality, effective and efficient investigations leading to successful prosecutions. Unified Teams and the Office of the Prosecutor more generally are supported by, amongst others, the Appeals and Legal Coordination Section (“APLCS”), and the Gender and Children Unit (“GCU”). The APLCS litigates before the Appeals Chamber and provides legal and strategic support. GCU provides legal, investigative and strategic advice during all phases, on sexual and gender based crimes and crimes against or affecting children. Unified Teams also work alongside the Preliminary Examination Section (“PES”), which oversees the legal and factual assessment of all referred situations and article 15 communications in order to determine whether an investigation into a situation should be initiated. The Visiting Professional will be part of a Unified Team, APLCS, GCU, or PES.

Duties and Responsibilities

  •  Conduct legal research
  •  Assist in the drafting of filings
  •  Participate in evidence analysis and review of documents for disclosure
  •  Contribute to discussions at team meetings

Required Qualifications

Education: All Candidates must have a law degree or be in the final stages of their legal studies at a recognised 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.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  •  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). Knowledge of Casemap, TRIM, and Ringtail is an asset.

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. And 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.