The International Court of Justice (ICJ) invites applications for the 2021-2022 Judicial Fellowship Programme. The Programme was established in 1999 to enable recent law graduates to gain experience working at the International Court of Justice. It aims to improve participants’ understanding of international law and of the Court’s procedures by actively involving them in the work of the Court and allowing them to build on their experience under the supervision of a judge.
The aim of the programme is to improve participants’ understanding of international law and of the Court’s procedures by actively involving them in the work of the Court and allowing them to gain experience under the supervision of a judge. Each participant is assigned to one judge for a period of around ten months, from early September to June or July of the following year.
During this period, participants can expect to attend public hearings of the Court, research and write memorandums on legal questions or factual aspects of pending cases, and have some involvement in other aspects of the Court’s work, the particulars of which will depend on the Court’s docket and the working methods of the judge to whom they are assigned. Work may also involve assisting the judge with conferences, speeches and other duties. Participants 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 deadline for the submission of applications is 14 February 2021.
- The Court is expected to reach its final decision in April 2021.
- Nominating universities will be notified accordingly.
- To apply, click here
- 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.
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