Deadline: February 13, 2022

Applications are open for the International Court of Justice Judicial Fellowship Program 2022-2023. The Judicial Fellowship Program was established to enable recent law graduates to gain experience working at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Candidates are nominated and sponsored by their universities.

The Fellowship Program aims to improve participants’ understanding of public 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 Judicial Fellows work on a full-time basis under the supervision of a Member of the Court and alongside the primary legal assistant of the judge. The Judicial Fellows can expect to attend the Court’s public hearings, research and write memorandums on legal questions or factual aspects of the cases pending before the Court, and perform other duties assigned by their judge. The duration of the Fellowship is approximately ten months, from early September to June of the following year. The Court normally accepts up to 15 participants per year from various universities across the world.

Funding

  • Universities located in developing countries who are interested in seeking financial support for their nominees have the option of applying via the trust fund.

Eligibility

  • Candidates should be 31 years of age or younger at the time the program begins. This requirement may be waived in special circumstances.
  • In making its selection, the Court seeks candidates of diverse nationalities.
  • The official languages of the Court are English and French, and participants must have excellent reading, writing and oral skills in at least one of these. A working knowledge of the second official language is an asset.

Application

Candidates will be asked to submit the following application materials to the Court through their universities:

  • Letter from the university introducing the candidate(s) to the Court. For universities financially sponsoring their nominees, the introductory letter must also include information regarding the university’s commitment to financially sponsor the candidate.
  • Application form and summary table, filled in by the candidate;
  • Two to three letters of reference;
  • Official academic records of the candidate;
  • One writing sample of no more than 15 pages. The sample can, for example, be from a previous publication, note or university paper, preferably on a topic of international law.

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For more information, visit International Court of Justice.

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