Internship - Detention Center (Funded), The Hague - NL

Organization: International Criminal Court (ICC)

Country: Netherlands

City: The Hague

Office: ICC The Hague

Closing date: Thursday, 6 October 2022

20978 | Detention Center

Organisational Unit:

Detention Section, Registry

Duty Station:

The Hague - NL

Contract Duration:

6 months

Deadline for Applications:

31October 2021

This position is funded by the Trust Fund for the Development of Interns and Visiting Professionals.

In order to be eligible for this funded visiting professional position, all applicants must be nationals from countries that appear on the United Nations Statistics Division’s list* of developing regions that are a State Party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, namely : Afghanistan, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Honduras, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Namibia, Nauru, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Republic of Korea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, State of Palestine, Suriname, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Zambia.


Consideration shall also be given to individuals from States Parties that are under-represented and non-represented in the ICC official geographical distribution (as at 31 August 2021): Afghanistan, Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Comoros, Congo, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Fiji, Gabon, Grenada, Guyana, Guatemala, Honduras, Kiribati, Jordan, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Namibia, Nauru, Panama, Paraguay, Republic of Korea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Suriname, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Tunisia, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Zambia.

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, type written).


This position is funded through the Trust Fund for the development of interns and visiting professionals, whereby the Court will provide the selected candidate a monthly remuneration of 1,125 (with a mandatory deduction for emergency health insurance). Please note that (i) costs associated with Visas are the responsibility of the selected candidate, (ii) due to the nature of the assignment, VPs cannot bring their families along.

Contract Duration

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

Organisational Context

The Chief Custody Officer (CCO) is responsible for the Detention Centre and the Detention Section of the International Criminal Court. The Detention Section is responsible for providing safe, secure and humane conditions for persons who are detained by the Court whilst they are awaiting trial or pending appeal.

The Detention Section’s overall objective is to ensure a physically safe 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.

The main activities of the Detention Section are therefore related to:

The administration of the Detention Centre and the fundamental rights of the detainees;
The support and management of documents filed before the Chambers;
Liaising with and responding to enquiries from the International Committee of the Red Cross;
The support and management of documents submitted to the Detention Section at the hearings;
Liaising with and responding to enquiries from other sections within the Court.

Duties and Responsibilities

Interns providing services in the Detention Section would be required to perform the following duties:

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Conduct legal research on behalf of the CCO on all matters related to the mandate of the Detention Section;
Provide support to relevant sections of the Division/Registry on projects related to the mandate of the Detention Section;
Follow all the cases before the Court which are related to the Detention Section;
Provide summaries of important filings and where required, an in-depth analysis of relevant decisions;
Assist in drafting correspondence;
Providing support in the management and supervision of all activities undertaken by the Section;
Assist in drafting memoranda on behalf of the CCO;
Assist with managing the Detention Section’s various database; and

Provide administrative assistance on any other task that may be assigned to the Intern by the CCO.

In order to complete these services access will be granted to the Court’s own library as well as its wide range of legal databases.

Essential Qualifications


All candidates must have a degree or be in the final stages of their studies at a recognized university in the area of law, international relations or other relevant field. Candidates are expected to have a very good record of academic performance.


Internship placements focus on candidates in the early stages of their professional careers therefore; practical experience is not an essential prerequisite for selection.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Maintains a service-orientated attitude at all times.

Has a genuine interest in international law, particularly international criminal law, and legal research.

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 Languages

Proficiency in either 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.

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