The International Court of Justice (ICJ) invites applications for the 2019-2020 Judicial Fellows Programme. The Judicial Fellows Programme is intended to give recent law graduates experience working at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Candidates are nominated and sponsored by universities from which they have graduated.
The aim of the Programme is to improve participants’ understanding of international law and the Court’s processes through their engagement in the work of the Court and the experience gained under the supervision of a Judge. Each participant is assigned to work for one Judge for a duration of ten months from early September to June/July the following year. During this period, participants can expect to attend Court’s public hearings, to research and write memoranda to the Judge on legal questions or factual aspects of pending cases, and to have some other involvement in the work of the Court, the particulars of which will depend on the Court’s docket and the working methods of the particular Judge. The work may also involve assisting the Judge with conferences, speeches and other duties. The participant will work alongside an Associate Legal Officer, who is the primary legal assistant of each Judge and is employed by the United Nations for a period of two to four years.
The Programme is highly selective. The Court accepts up to 15 participants a year – not more than one from each nominating university. The Court looks in particular for candidates who have excellent results in their law studies, and who have studied, published or worked in international law. Candidates will usually be in the early stages of their legal careers (e.g., within three years of graduation). Some have practical experience in private or public practice, including work at another court or international organisation, and/or post-graduate studies in international law. The Court seeks diversity of nationality in making the selection.
The official languages of the Court are English and French, and participants must have excellent reading, writing and speaking skills in at least one of these. A working knowledge of the second official language will be an asset.
Each nominating university must accept the responsibility to provide the stipend, health insurance and travel costs to its candidate, if selected. Although the Court does not have requirement on the amount of the stipend nor seek information on that, the stipend should be sufficient to provide for a minimum standard of accommodation and subsistence in The Hague and should be set at a level that ensures that selected candidate can benefit fully from their experience at the Court without the burden of financial hardship. The Fellowship is not a self-funded internship and candidates without adequate financial support through their sponsoring university will not be eligible. The Court will facilitate visas if necessary and provides working facilities, but it does not provide financial support.
If a university accepts the conditions indicated above and would like to participate in the Programme by nominating candidates, it is invited to respond to the questions below. Kindly note that only universities giving affirmative answers to all questions are eligible to participate in the Programme.
The deadline for the submission of applications is 8 February 2019. The Court is expected to reach its final decision in March/April 2019. Nominating universities will be notified accordingly.
Submission of applications and selection of candidates
While it is possible to nominate a single candidate, the Court encourages universities to propose more than one. Universities are also strongly encouraged to limit nominations to candidates who have excellent results in their law studies and who have demonstrated an interest in international law through their studies, publications or work experience. The Court does not accept applications from individuals.
Universities interested in submitting applications should follow this link .
For more information,please visit https://www.icj-cij.org/en/judicial-fellows-program