International Court of Justice Judicial Fellowship Program 2020-21

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) invites applications for the 2021-2022 Judicial Fellowship Programme.

The programme aims to improve participants’ understanding of international law and 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.

The Court does not accept applications from individuals rather an individual is nominated by its university. While it is possible to nominate a single candidate, the Court encourages universities to propose more than one. Universities are also strongly encouraged to limit nominations to candidates who have excellent results in their law studies and who have demonstrated an interest in international law through their studies, publications or work experience.

Job and Responsibility

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.
  • Each nominating university must agree to fund the stipend, health insurance and travel costs of its candidate if selected.
  • The Court will facilitate visas, if necessary, and provide working facilities.
  • Candidates should be 31 years of age or younger at the time the programme begins. This requirement may be waived in special circumstances.
  •  Candidates of diverse nationalities may apply.
  • 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 the languages.
Application Process

The following application materials should be submitted 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.

To download the application form, click here

Application Deadline: February 14, 2021.

For more information visit the official site.