Internship – Office of Public Counsel for the Defence

Organisational Unit: Office of Public Counsel for the Defence, Registry
Duty Station: The Hague - NL
Contract Duration: 6 months
Deadline for Applications: 31 December 2021

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, typewritten).

Contract Duration

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

Organisational Context

The Office of Public Counsel for the Defence (OPCD) is an independent Office of the Court that is dedicated to the work of the Defence. Established pursuant to Regulation 77 of the Regulations of the Court, the OPCD endeavours to promote, represent and protect the Defence, raising the profile of defence issues. In the day-to-day, the OPCD follows all cases to create a collective Defence memory and resource centre — to learn from the experiences of the individual ICC Defence teams and provide legal resources, research and advice as requested by them. The Counsel of the OPCD also remains available to be called upon by the Chambers to represent a suspect/defendant in proceedings or provide opinion on specific questions of law. In performing their tasks, members of the Office act independently and are bound by the Code of Professional Conduct for Counsel.

Duties and Responsibilities

Conduct research on a wide range of complex legal issues;

  1. Draft memoranda, summaries, legal notes, and meeting minutes;
  2. Follow proceedings to assist with team assistance;
  3. Participate in internal meetings of the Court and presentations to external groups.

Required Qualifications and Abilities :

  • Ability to adapt to the multicultural and multilingual working environment.
  • Strong teamwork skills (listens, consults and communicates proactively) with equal ability to work independently.
  • Good research and drafting skills.
  • High standard of computer skills (including Microsoft Office applications and electronic databases).

Knowledge, Skills :

Internship placements focus on candidates in the early stages of their professional careers, therefore; practical experience is not an essential prerequisite for selection. However, practical experience that is relevant to the work of the Court may be considered an asset.

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.

Education:

All candidates must have an advanced degree in law (L.L.M. or J.D.) or be in the final stages of their legal studies at a recognised university having undertaken coursework in international /national criminal law, comparative law and criminology, public international law, international humanitarian law and/or human rights. Candidates are expected to have a very good record of academic performance.

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 or Spanish)  is an asset.

Other criteria:

In line with the ICC’s efforts to improve geographical representation among staff, nationals of the countries listed below are strongly encouraged to apply.

Non-represented or under-represented countries at the ICC as of 31 July 2021: Afghanistan, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Austria, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Comoros, Congo, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Gabon, Germany, Grenada, Guyana, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Kiribati, Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Montenegro, Namibia, Nauru, Niger, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Republic of Korea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Slovakia, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Tunisia, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Zambia.

Remuneration

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.

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