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Junior Professional Programme at Council of Europe

Junior Professional Programme at Council of Europe

Country: France
City: Strasbourg
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Junior Professional Programme at the Council of Europe has opened the application for the Junior Professional Programme at Council of Europe. The Assistant Lawyers’ Scheme opens the doors of the European Court of Human Rights to legal professionals at the start of their career, giving them an opportunity to gain experience working within this European institution. They will benefit from regular working contact with experienced case lawyers, senior managers and the judges themselves. While dealing with individual applications originating from their own legal system and assisting senior colleagues in handling more complex applications, assistant lawyers benefit from the Registry’s in-house training programme and deepen their knowledge of the functioning of the European Court of Human Rights and the Convention case-law

The Scheme serves the twofold objective of bringing new talent to the Registry and contributing to greater awareness and understanding of the Convention in the legal profession throughout Europe as assistant lawyers advance in their careers elsewhere. The length of employment of assistant lawyers under the Registry’s Assistant Lawyers’ Scheme is limited to four years.


The principal duties of an assistant lawyer consist of assisting more senior members of staff in the preparation of correspondence with applicants and draft decisions in standard form cases.

Staff members or former staff members who are or have previously been employed in the framework of the Junior Professional Programme or Turnover Profiles will not be eligible again for any of the profiles under these schemes. The Council of Europe reserves the right to assess the admissibility of candidates who are or have previously been employed with the Organisation according to their contractual situation at the closing date of this competition.
* External recruitment procedure organized in accordance with Article 16 of the Regulations on Appointments.

Key Activities

Under the authority of the Registrar of the European Court of Human Rights and of a Head of a Division, the incumbent will be responsible for the following:

  • examines and deals with applications in prima facie inadmissible cases and in cases which can be dealt with in a standard manner;
  • drafts decisions, minutes, reports, notes and other documents;
  • advises applicants, in correspondence or, if necessary, in interviews, on the conditions of admissibility of applications;
  • attends the Court’s sessions and presents applications;
  • assists one or more experienced case-lawyers, where necessary, in the preparation of Chamber cases for examination by the Court.


Only applicants who best meet the following criteria will be considered for shortlisting.


  • higher education degree in law obtained in Ukraine of a standard permitting access, either on the basis of qualifications or after passing a competitive examination, to the judicial administration or legal professions in Ukraine.


  • after having obtained the relevant higher education degree in law, at least six months of professional experience acquired in the legal field (preferably in the judicial service) in Ukraine or in International Organisations.

Language requirements:

  • very good knowledge of one of the two official languages of the Council of Europe (English, French) and ability to draft legal texts therein clearly and precisely;
  • excellent knowledge of Ukrainian (mother tongue level).


  • Open to nationals of one of the 47 Council of Europe member states.


  • Under 35 years of age at the closing date of the vacancy notice.


Type of Opportunity Miscellaneous
Deadline24 September,2018
OrganizerCouncil of Europe



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