Legal Officer (P-3)

ICC - International Criminal Court

The Hague, Netherlands

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Head of Chambers’ Staff and the direct supervision of the respective Division Legal Adviser, and within a Chamber's legal team as the case may be, the Legal Officer:

Provides specialised independent legal advice through the performance of the following tasks:

  • Conducts in depth legal research in international criminal law, humanitarian law, human rights law and other relevant bodies of law, on both procedural and substantive issues, and supervising of legal research;
  • Prepares memoranda and drafts of decisions and orders, either alone or in conjunction with others, and reviews memoranda and drafts prepared by others;
  • Maintains files of the Court's practice, monitors and ensures that the judges are informed of relevant developments in international law and practice.

Provides support to the Chambers through the performance of the following tasks:

  • Coordinates a Chamber’s legal team and supervises the work of more junior staff members/interns;
  • As part of a Chamber's team, coordinates and manages the case and evidence;
  • Anticipates procedural issues that may arise in the course of judicial proceedings and apprises the Judge accordingly;
  • Attends court hearings and liaises with the different actors in the proceedings in order to ensure the smooth preparation of the hearing;
  • Provides liaison between the different divisions and chambers of the Court, other organs of the Court and the public, as the case may be;
  • Performs any other legal tasks as required by the Chamber's Judges and/or the respective Division’s Legal Adviser.

Essential Qualifications


  • Advanced university degree in law, preferably with a specialisation in international, criminal or humanitarian law is required. A first level degree in combination with two additional years of progressively relevant experience is accepted in lieu of advanced university degree.


  • A minimum of five years (seven years with a first level university degree) of progressively responsible legal experience in either international criminal law, humanitarian law, or criminal law is required.

Skills and abilities:

  • Excellent knowledge of international criminal law and good knowledge of criminal law and procedure of the Common Law and Romano-Germanic systems of law; in depth knowledge of international human rights law and/or international humanitarian law would be an asset;
  • Work experience at an international court or in a national criminal legal environment, and/or demonstrated knowledge of the legal texts and the practice of the Court;
  • Proven ability to conduct comprehensive legal research and in-depth analysis of evidence and to draft to a high standard; experience in reviewing drafts prepared by others would be considered an asset;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to the specific circumstances of an international criminal court;
  • Ability to work well within a team of international lawyers from diverse legal backgrounds; experience in coordinating the work of a team would be considered an asset;
  • Proven ability to work well under pressure and meet strict deadlines;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Experience in working with a computer, search engines, databases and e-court applications.

Knowledge of languages:

  • Fluency in either of the working languages of the Court, English or French, is essential. Working knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another official language of the Court (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish) would be considered an asset.

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