Legal Officer, P4

UN International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals
  • Location
    The Hague, Netherlands
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Aug 31

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the Chambers Legal Support Section of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT), The Hague Branch. The incumbent will work under the direction of the Judge(s) in assigned cases and will report to the Senior Legal Officer(s).


The Legal Officer is responsible for providing legal support with respect to the mandated residual functions, including: providing specialized legal advice on substantive and procedural questions of considerable complexity; providing legal support to Senior Legal Officers and Judges; conducting extensive legal research and analysis, preparing legal memoranda and studies on various legal issues in international criminal law, international humanitarian law, human rights law, public international law, and comparative law; drafting and editing judicial documents and contributing substantially to the preparation of orders, decisions, and judgements; providing leadership to teams that support the trial and/or appeal phases, and supervising the work of junior legal officers on specific projects, as required; maintaining files on the Mechanism’s practice and development and monitoring relevant developments in international law; serving on various standing boards, committees, ad hoc working groups and task forces, as required.



  • Professionalism: 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;
  • 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;
  • 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.


  • Leadership - Serves as a role model that other people want to follow. Empowers others to translate vision into results. Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives. Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support. Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions. Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo. Shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work;
  • Judgement/Decision-making - Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly. Gathers relevant information before making a decision. Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them. Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organisation. Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information. Checks assumptions against facts. Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision. Makes tough decisions when necessary.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, preferably with specialization in criminal law or international law. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • Minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible professional legal experience, at either the national or international level, with experience in criminal law, international law or humanitarian law is required;
  • Previous experience supporting Judges at the Mechanism is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the Mechanism. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French is desirable.

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