Associate Legal Officer, P2

UN International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals
  • Location
    The Hague, Netherlands
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Apr 09

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT) and reports to the Legal Officer.


Under the supervision of the Legal Officer, the incumbent shall:

  • Handle a range of issues related to international criminal and humanitarian law (substantive, procedural and comparative);
  • Conduct extensive legal and factual research and analysis into the evidence gathered by the OTP and cases prosecuted before the ICTY and Mechanism, and prepare factual, legal and other opinions, reports, correspondence and memoranda.
  • Organize evidence for handover to national prosecution services;
  • Facilitate and prepare responses to case-related inquiries from visiting prosecutors and investigators, and prepare responses to complex case-related inquiries from national and other requesting authorities;
  • Assist in the preparation and delivery of in-house training and capacity building by OTP; and
  • Discharge promptly and competently any other tasks assigned.


  • Professionalism - Knowledge of, and ability to apply, legal principles, concepts and procedures for review, examination, and processing of a range of legal documents. Sound knowledge of substantive and procedural international law and/or criminal law, particularly in the context of the ICTR and/or ICTY. Knowledge of various legal research sources, including electronic/online research tools, and ability to conduct research and analyze information on a wide range of legal issues. Ability to interpret and apply legal instruments, develop and present results, recommendations, and opinions clearly and concisely. Ability to draft legal documents and work under pressure. Ability to apply good legal judgment in the context of assignments given. Experience and ability to work well in a multicultural environment. Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. Remains calm in stressful situations. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.
  • Communication - Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • Teamwork - Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
  • Planning and Organising - Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments, adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.


  • Advanced law degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) from a university of recognized standing). A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree. Postgraduate studies in criminal or international law would be an asset.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in criminal law, international criminal law or international humanitarian law is required.


  • English and French are the working languages of the IRMCT. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required and a good working knowledge of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian is highly desirable.


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