Trial Lawyer (P-4)

Trial Lawyer (P-4)

ICC - International Criminal Court

The Hague, Netherlands

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Senior Trial Lawyer, the incumbent performs the following functions:

  • Rendering legal advice and support to investigation teams;
  • Appearing as counsel before the Court in pre-trial proceedings, trials and appeals (under coordination of the Appeals Section);
  • Preparing briefing for pre-trial and trial litigation;
  • Preparing conduct of pre-trial and trial proceedings;
  • Conduct legal research in international humanitarian law, comparative criminal law and procedure, evidence and policy issues;
  • Conducting training of members of the OTP on topics within a prosecutor’s expertise;
  • Performing other tasks as instructed by the Deputy Prosecutor (Prosecutions) or the Head of Prosecution Division.

Qualifications and Experience


  • Advanced university degree in in law from a recognized university, preferably with specialisation in criminal, international, humanitarian or international criminal law; A first level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience is accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.


  • A minimum of seven years of relevant professional experience (nine years with a first level university degree) as a prosecutor, investigating magistrate, criminal defence lawyer, or the equivalent.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated experience in preparing or conducting complex legal cases;
  • Outstanding oral advocacy and drafting skills;
  • Planning and organisational skills including managing conflicting priorities and working with tight deadlines;
  • Sound judgment in applying legal expertise to sensitive, complex legal issues;
  • Strong analytical and computer skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work on a litigation team, preferably with members from different criminal justice systems;
  • Ability to work in a non-discriminatory manner, with respect for diversity; 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 considered an asset. Knowledge of another official language of the Court (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish) is considered an asset.

ICC Core Competencies

Dedication to the mission and values:

  • Acts consistently in accordance with the mission and values of the Organisation;
  • Maintains confidentiality, acts with integrity and shows respect for diversity;
  • Shows commitment to the organisation;
  • Presents a positive image of the organisation during external discussions.


  • Applies professional and technical expertise;
  • Keeps abreast of organisational issues;
  • Produces workable solutions to a range of problems.


  • Listens, consults and communicates proactively;
  • Handles disagreements with tact and diplomacy;
  • Recognises and rewards the contribution of others.

Learning and developing:

  • Identifies development strategies needed to achieve work and career goals and makes use of developmental or training opportunities;
  • Learns from successes and failures;
  • Seeks feedback and gives feedback to others to increase organisational effectiveness;
  • Seeks opportunities for improvement of work;
  • Has an open mind and contributes to innovation.

Handling uncertain situations:

  • Adapts to changing circumstances;
  • Deals with ambiguity, making positive use of the opportunities it presents;
  • Plans activities and projects well in advance and takes account of possible changing circumstances;
  • Manages time effectively.


  • Expresses opinions, information and key points of an argument clearly;
  • Handles contacts with diplomacy and tact;
  • Communicates in a transparent and open way with internal and external contacts while complying with confidentiality requirements.

Realising objectives:

  • Accepts and tackles demanding goals with enthusiasm;
  • Keeps to agreements with others;
  • Focuses on client needs;
  • Takes responsibility for actions, projects and people;
  • Monitors and maintains quality and productivity.

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