Senior Legal Adviser

International Criminal Court
  • Location
    The Hague, Netherlands
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 03

Position description

Duties and Responsibilities

Within delegated authority and under the direct supervision of the Prosecutor, the incumbent will be performing the following duties:

  • Manage the Legal Advisory Section of the Office and supervise the work and its staff;
  • Provide legal advice and support upon request to the Prosecutor, the Deputy Prosecutors and the Directors of Divisions and Offices;
  • Oversee the coordination of the development and maintenance of the Office’s internal regulatory framework;
  • Oversee the coordination, on request of the Prosecutor, of the development and update of policy papers, working with inter-divisional teams and liaising with special advisors as required;
  • Design, manage and implement, upon request of the Prosecutor, of specific legal training to Office staff, in particular as it concerns professional ethics and the regulatory framework of the Court governing staff conduct;
  • Develop and/or maintain a standardised lessons learned process; and the establishment of performance, control and evaluation mechanisms for those areas;
  • Assist the Office in the development and revision of relevant Court-wide policies and administrative issuances, and other regulatory instruments, in close collaboration with the Immediate Office and the OTP-HR Liaison. Work closely with the Registry Legal Office in such efforts;
  • Responsible for the development of legal-academic network for the Office, including organizing a series of guest lectures by external experts;
  • Advise the Prosecutor and the Deputy prosecutors on staff-related labour matters, including individual cases involving litigation which require the application of, inter alia, the Staff Regulations and Rules as well as Administrative Instructions, in consultation with the Immediate Office and the OTP-HR liaison as needed;
  • Perform any other task as instructed by the Prosecutor.

Essential Qualifications


  • An advanced University degree in law, with emphasis on administrative and/or labour law, public international law, international criminal law or other related legal field is required. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience is accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • A minimum of ten (10) years (12 years with a first level university degree) of relevant and progressively responsible professional experience in the legal field, in the practice of criminal law, administrative and/or labour law or in work highly relevant to the work of the Section and the ICC is required. At least five (5) years of the required experience must be at the international level or ten (10) years at the national level;
  • Prior experience as an expert in a complex field of law with a proven track record in complex legal issues and ideally, litigation would be considered a strong asset;
  • Managerial and leadership experience is required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • In-depth knowledge of the ICC legal framework;
  • Excellent skills in research and drafting;
  • Ability to understand complex legal concepts, to apply the law to the facts;
  • Good analytical skills and ability to identify problems;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and communication (written, spoken and presentational), including ability to present difficult issues and position with clarity;
  • Demonstrated intellectual leadership and managerial skills and ability to integrate knowledge with broader strategic, policy and operational objectives;
  • 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 organizational goals and the timeliness of work;
  • Full proficiency in relevant software applications, in particular information databases, internet/intranet services, library sources;
  • 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, English or French, and working knowledge of the other is required. Knowledge of another official language of the Court (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish) would be considered an asset.

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