Career Opportunities: Associate Legal Officer 

Deadline for Applications: 14/06/2022 (midnight The Hague time)
Organizational Unit: Detention Section, Division of Judicial Services, Registry 
Duty Station: The Hague – NL
Type of Appointment: Fixed-Term Appointment
Post Number: T-3135
Minimum Net Annual Salary : €62,689.00
Contract Duration: Until 31/12/2022

A roster of suitable candidates may be established for this post as a result of this selection process for fixed-term appointments against both established posts and positions funded by general temporary assistance (GTA).

Organisational Context

The Division of Judicial Services (DJS) consists of the Office of the Director DJS (OD DJS), the Court Management Section (CMS), the Detention Section (DS), the Language Services Section (LSS), the Victims Participation and Reparations Section (VPRS), the Information Management Services Section (IMSS), the Counsel Support Section (CSS), the Office of Public Counsel for the Defence (OPCD) and the Office of Public Counsel for Victims (OPCV).

The Detention Section (DS) provides safe, secure and humane conditions for persons detained by the Court while awaiting trial or pending appeal. The Section ensures compliance with international standards and conditions of detention, and strives to be a model of good practice. Its overall objective is to ensure a physically and mentally healthy environment for detained persons at every stage of detention, from their initial transfer to the Court until they are either released on the Court’s order or transferred to a State of enforcement to serve a sentence.

Duties and Responsibilities
Within this framework, and under the direct supervision of the Chief Custody Officer (CCO), the incumbent will perform the following duties:

  • Provide legal assistance to the CCO in ensuring compliance with any relevant order from the Presidency, Registry or Chambers;
  • Present accurate and relevant information to the CCO regarding any order from the Chambers;
  • Review information and data as instructed by the CCO, including in compliance with orders from Chambers;
  • Maintain and cross-reference information/data logs as instructed by the CCO, including as relevant to orders from Chambers;
  • Assist the CCO in preparing legal submissions to the Presidency, Registry or Chambers;
  • Provide input, legal advice, and interpretation to the CCO on the relevant legal texts on detention matters;
  • Provide the CCO with legal advice on requests from detained persons (DPs) or their Defence teams, and conduct legal research on pertinent legal issues;
  • Provide assistance to the CCO in the resolution of complaints or requests raised by the DPs or their defence teams;
  • Draft legal submissions, legal memorandum, correspondence, or other documents, regarding detention matters.

Essential Qualifications
Advanced university degree in law; emphasis on international criminal law, public international law, international humanitarian law, international human rights law or other relevant focus. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience is accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • Minimum of two years of progressively responsible professional legal experience (four years with a first-level university degree), including legal analysis, research and writing, in a multi-cultural environment at national or international level is required.
  • Professional experience working in a detention environment at national or international level is desirable.
  • Experience providing legal advice on requests or complaints from detained persons or defence teams is desirable.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge and experience in applying legal expertise to a diverse range of complex legal issues.
  • Knowledge of computer applications.
  • Analytical skills and the ability to conduct comprehensive legal research.
  • Excellent skills in drafting legal texts, legal documents, rules, agreements and correspondence, and the ability to prepare legal opinions under pressure and to short deadlines.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds as well as a respect for diversity.
  • Ability to address complaints and resolve problems.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong computer and presentation skills.

Knowledge of Languages:
Proficiency in one of the working language of the Court, English or French is required. At least a working knowledge of the other is required. Knowledge of another official language of the Court (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish) would be considered an asset.ICC Leadership Competencies

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Dedication to the mission and values
Learning and developing
Handling uncertain situations
Realising objectives

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General Information
– In accordance with the Rome Statute, the ICC is committed to achieving geographical representation and gender equality within its staff as well as representation of the principal legal systems of the world (legal positions). Nationals from the list of non-represented and under-represented States are strongly encouraged to apply. In addition, applications from women are strongly encouraged for senior positions at the Professional (P) and Director (D) levels. Posts shall be filled preferably by a national of a State Party to the ICC Statute, or of a State which has signed and is engaged in the ratification process or which is engaged in the accession process, but nationals from non-state parties may also be considered, as appropriate.

– The selected candidate will be subject to a Personnel Security Clearance (PSC) process in accordance with ICC policy. The PSC process will include but will not be limited to, 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;
– Applicants may check the status of vacancies on ICC E-Recruitment web-site;
– The Court reserves the right not to make any appointment to the vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description.

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