Senior Trial Lawyer, The Hague

Organization: ICC - International Criminal Court

Country: Netherlands

City: The Hague

Office: ICC The Hague

Closing date: Wednesday, 3 August 2022

22278 | Office Of The Prosecutor

Posting Date:


Deadline for Applications:

03/08/2022 (midnight The Hague time)

Organizational Unit:

Prosecution Pillar 1 or 2, Office of the Prosecutor

Duty Station:

The Hague - NL

Type of Appointment:

Short Term Appointment

Minimum Net Annual Salary:


Contract Duration:

Until 31/12/2022

Special Notice: A Short-Term Appointment is used to recruit staff to meet short-term needs. The duration of this assignment is provided above. The maximum duration of a short-term appointment including extensions shall not exceed 12 months.

A Short-Term Appointment does not carry any expectancy, legal or otherwise, of renewal and shall not be converted to any other type of appointment.

Due to the short-term nature of the assignment, the ICC reserves the right to make an appointment at one grade lower than that stated in the vacancy with a modified job description.

A current ICC staff member who is holding a fixed-term appointment may apply for any short-term position. Where a current ICC staff member is selected to a short-term position, he or she will be temporarily assigned to the position in line with section 4.10 of ICC/AI/2016/001. GS-level posts are subject to local recruitment only.

The terms and conditions of service for staff members appointed under a short-term appointment are governed by ICC/AI/2016/001.

Organisational Context

The two Deputy Prosecutors, under the delegated authority of the Prosecutor, will manage two established Prosecution Pillars. The two Prosecution Pillars will manage an equal division of situations and cases based on a Unified Team concept. Senior Trial Lawyers will be part of the Unified Teams.

The Deputy Prosecutors oversee preliminary examinations, investigations, prosecutions, and when applicable, appeals proceedings; providing strategic advice and guidance to the Prosecutor on each situation and case under her/his responsibility. This will include recommendations on prioritisation and effective use of resources.

Senior Trial Lawyers are entrusted with the task of leading the unified teams and providing overall guidance on the investigation of cases, as well as leading trial teams before Chambers of the Court.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Prosecutor the incumbent will be assigned to a team with the following tasks: a) Exercise leadership and ultimate responsibility for the management and coordination of the unified team at the different stages of the proceedings, and the outcomes it achieves, subject to the strategic guidance and direction of the Prosecutor and the Deputy Prosecutor. b) Provide strategic guidance on the investigation and prosecution of situations or cases assigned to the Unified Team, including defining short- and long-term goals, establishing priorities, identifying milestones to monitor progress, and ensuring goals are ultimately met. c) Provide guidance and, when required, detailed instructions on legal, evidentiary and factual issues. d) Work in close cooperation with the Investigative Team Leader and International Cooperation Advisor to create the conditions on the team that favour high performance and focus on empowering team members. e) Manage and supervise the work of the members of the Unified Team. Set timely and realistic performance objectives. Organize and prioritize their tasks. Guide and supervise the work of all members of the Unified Team. f) Act as lead counsel before Pre-Trial Chamber and Trial Chambers; Prepare cases for and oversee the conduct of confirmation hearings, trials, and appeals (in co-operation with, or under the guidance of, the Appeals and Prosecution Legal Coordination Section, as required.); prepare written submissions and appear at court hearings; g) Supervise and provide guidance on legal filings and drafting. Supervise the efficient presentation of the Prosecution’s case in court. Set the direction of the case and take responsibility for formulating positions to be taken before the Chambers, in consultation with the Deputy Prosecutor and the Appeals and Prosecution Legal Coordination Section, where required. h) Provide training, contribute substantively to the implementation of the Prosecution Pillar’s training plan and participate in the legal training of members of the Office of the Prosecutor on oral and written advocacy and courtroom skills; i) Serve on various standing boards, committees, ad hoc working groups and task forces as required; and j) Perform any other tasks as instructed by the Deputy Prosecutor or the Prosecutor

Essential Qualifications


An advanced university degree in law, from a recognized university is required. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


A minimum of ten years (twelve years with a first level university degree) of relevant progressively responsible professional experience as a prosecutor, investigating magistrate, criminal defence lawyer, or the equivalent, is required, including demonstrated experience in: a) complex and large-scale criminal cases or cases involving international crimes, and

b) directing case preparation in serious criminal cases.

Leadership and managerial experience is required.

Knowledge, skills and abilities

Outstanding advocacy skills;
Excellent drafting and strong analytical skills;
Excellent managerial skills;
Strong planning and organizational skills, with flexibility and ability to adjust in a highly dynamic environment

Strong communication and negotiation skills as well as ability to interact with tact and diplomacy;
Good interpersonal and communication skills; demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds;
Ability to keep strict standards of confidentiality and security;
Professional and personal integrity.

Knowledge of Languages

Proficiency in one of the working languages of the Court, French or English is required. Working knowledge of the other is an asset. Knowledge of another official language of the Court (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish) would be considered an asset.

ICC Leadership Competencies Purpose Collaboration People Results

ICC Core Competencies Dedication to the mission and values Professionalism Teamwork Learning and developing Handling uncertain situations Interaction Realising objectives Learn more about ICC leadership and core competencies. 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 t he 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 the ICC policy. The PSC process will include but is not limited to, verification of the information provided in the personal history form and a criminal record check. All candidates should be in a positon to submit 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; - Personnel recruited at the General Service level are not entitled to all of the benefits granted to internationally-recruited staff; - The ICC reserves the right to not 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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