The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Netherlands offers the 2021/2022 Judicial Fellows Programme to law graduates through their universities.
The aim of the programme is to improve participants’ understanding of international law and of the Court’s procedures by actively involving them in the work of the Court and allowing them to gain experience under the supervision of a judge. Each participant is assigned to one judge for a period of around ten months, from early September to June/July of the following year. During this period, participants can expect to attend public hearings of the Court, research and write memorandums on legal questions or factual aspects of pending cases, and have some involvement in other aspects of the Court’s work, the particulars of which will depend on the Court’s docket and the working methods of the judge to whom they are assigned.
Work may also involve assisting the judge with conferences, speeches and other duties. Participants will work alongside an associate legal officer, who is the primary legal assistant of each judge and is employed by the United Nations for a period of two to four years.
Worth of Award
- The Programme was established in 1999 to enable recent law graduates to gain experience working at the ICJ.
- It aims to improve participants’ understanding of international law and of the Court’s procedures by actively involving them in the work of the Court and allowing them to build on their experience under the supervision of a judge.
- The programme is highly selective.
- The Court accepts up to 15 participants a year, generally with no more than one from each nominating university.
- The Court looks in particular for candidates who have excellent results in their law studies and who have studied, published or worked in international law.
- To be eligible, candidates should be 31 years of age or younger at the time the programme begins.
- This requirement may be waived in special circumstances.
- In making its selection, the Court seeks candidates of diverse nationalities.
- The official languages of the Court are English and French, and participants must have excellent reading, writing and oral skills in at least one of these.
- Working knowledge of the second official language is an asset.
How to Apply
Candidates will be asked to submit the following application materials through their universities:
- Letter from the university agreeing to sponsor the candidate;
- Application form and summary table, filled in by the candidate;
- Two or three letters of reference;
- Official academic records of the candidate;
- One writing sample of no more than 15 pages.
Deadline: The deadline for the submission of applications is February 14, 2021. The Court is expected to reach its final decision in March or April 2021. Nominating universities will be notified accordingly.