Visiting Professional - Chambers/Case Law Database, The Hague
Organization: International Criminal Court (ICC)
City: The Hague, Netherlands
Office: ICC The Hague
Closing date: Friday, 31 December 2021
20138 | Judiciary
The Hague - NL
Three to six 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).
One reference letter.
Scanned copies of university degrees and/or diplomas (to be added at the essay upload box).
Visiting professionals are required to work full time for a period between (minimum) three and six months (to be agreed to prior to commencement). Visiting professional placements shall normally not be extended beyond six months.
The starting date of the placement may vary, upon agreement. Candidates can be recruited for a time period shorter than six months.
To participate in containing the COVID-19 spread and in line with the measures adopted by the Host State, the ICC staff members, interns and visiting professional based in The Hague are currently working remotely. Accordingly, the candidates selected for this position are expected to work remotely from within the duty station (The Hague) until the re-opening of the ICC’s premises. They are also expected to work with their own computer and internet connection.
Chambers, comprising three judicial divisions (Appeals Division, Trial Division and Pre-Trial Division), is responsible for judicial proceedings for crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court.
Chambers is recruiting visiting professionals to support the Chambers Working Group (CWG) in relation to the Case Law Database (CLD) Project. The CLD Project is aimed at creating a database of the Court’s jurisprudence. To that end, the Chambers Working Group extracts legal findings from the Court’s decisions and identifies relevant keywords and other metadata (‚head-noting‘). The selected candidates will work within the CWG and contribute to the head-noting process under the supervision of the CWG Coordinator.
Duties and Responsibilities
As part of the ‚head-noting‘ process and under the direct supervision of the CWG Coordinator, the visiting professionals will contribute to the head-noting process, which includes the following steps:
Conduct in-depth legal analysis of the Court’s judgments, decisions and orders and identify and extract key legal findings and identify relative levels of jurisprudential importance;
Identify relevant legal keywords for legal findings;
Identify relationships between related judgments, decisions and orders;
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Collect, organise, and collate other assorted metadata fields for legal findings;
Participate in meetings and substantive discussions on issues arising in the CLD Project;
Cite-check and edit documents; and
Perform other tasks, as requested by the CWG Coordinator.
Candidates must have a degree in law or a relevant legal qualification of a recognised university, demonstrating very good knowledge in international/national criminal law, comparative law and criminology, public international law, international humanitarian law or human rights. Candidates are expected to have a very good record of academic performance.
Visiting professional placements focus on candidates who have extensive experience in their professional careers in relevant fields of work. Practical experience that is relevant to the work of the Court is considered an asset.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Proven analytical skills;
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 both working languages of the Court, French and English, is required. Knowledge of another official language of the Court (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.
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 30 September 2020: 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, 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.
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.