Legal Adviser (P-4)

International Criminal Court (ICC)
  • Location
    The Hague, Netherlands
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 04

Position description

Duties & Responsibilities

Under the general authority of the President of the Division and the direct supervision of the Head of Chambers’ Staff, the Legal Adviser shall provide support and advice to the Pre-Trial Division and all Pre-Trial Chambers, in particular by performing the following tasks:

  • provide support and advice (both orally and in writing) on questions of procedural and substantive law as well as on factual issues in relation to pre-trial proceedings, paying particular attention to the need for accuracy and consistency in the jurisprudence of the Chambers;
  • lead and coordinate the work of the legal teams and ensuring that time lines and quality standards are met;
  • directly supervise the legal staff of the Pre-Trial Division;
  • review drafts produced by the legal staff, as required;
  • support the Pre-Trial Chambers in the practical management of proceedings;
  • liaise between the Pre-Trial Division/the Pre-Trial Chambers and the other judicial Divisions, the Presidency, the Office of the Prosecutor, the Registry, and the representatives for the defence, victims and States, if so instructed by the President of the Division, a Presiding Judge and/or the Head of Chambers’ Staff;
  • assist the Pre-Trial Chambers in the preparation of status conferences and other hearings;
  • assist the Pre-Trial Chambers in the handling of evidence and of court records;
  • serve on various committees and working groups in the Court on behalf of the Pre-Trial Division, if so requested by the President of the Division and/or the Head of Chambers’ Staff;
  • ensure the continued development of the quality and efficiency of legal research and the efficient use of electronic research tools;
  • assist the President of the Division in the administration of the Pre-Trial Division;
  • carry out other tasks as required by the President of the Division, the Presiding Judges and/or the Head of Chambers’ Staff.

Essential Qualifications


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


  • At least seven years (nine years with a first level university degree) of relevant and progressively responsible professional experience in the legal field, in particular in international criminal law, international humanitarian law, human rights law, other relevant branches of international law, or criminal law and procedure, is required;
  • Prior managerial and leadership experience is required.

Skills and abilities:

  • good knowledge of the Common Law and the Romano-Germanic systems of law;
  • proven research skills and experience in working with search engines and databases;
  • extensive experience in analysing complex and novel legal issues and in developing innovative and creative solutions;
  • excellent drafting skills and ability to prepare independently legal opinions and memoranda for direct submission to the Pre-Trial Chambers;
  • excellent interpersonal skills and written, spoken and presentational communication skills;
  • demonstrated intellectual leadership and managerial skills;
  • ability to make quality decisions under extreme time constraints;
  • ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with colleagues of different national and cultural backgrounds with appreciation of diversity;
  • capability to work collaboratively and proactively with colleagues in order to achieve organisational goals and the timeliness of work;
  • excellent computer skills and ability to use relevant software applications, in particular information databases and internet/intranet services.

Knowledge of languages:

  • Proficiency in one of the working languages of the Court (English or French) is required; a good working knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another official language of the Court (Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish) will be considered an asset.

ICC Leadership Competencies

  • Purpose;
  • Collaboration;
  • People;
  • Results.

ICC Core Competencies

  • Dedication to the mission and values;
  • Professionalism;
  • Teamwork;
  • Learning and developing;
  • Handling uncertain situations;
  • Interaction;
  • Realising objectives.

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