The International Court of Justice (ICJ) invites applications for the 2021-2022 Judicial Fellowship Program. The Programme was established to enable recent law graduates to gain experience working at the ICJ. Basically, 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 International Court of Justice (ICJ) Judicial Fellowship Program 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 program 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.
Terms and Conditions
- Each nominating university must agree to fund the stipend, health insurance, and travel costs of its candidate if selected. Although the Court does not stipulate the amount of the stipend to be paid, it should be sufficient to provide for a minimum standard of accommodation and subsistence in The Hague and should ensure that the selected candidate can benefit fully from his or her experience at the Court without the burden of financial hardship.
- The fellowship is not a self-funded internship, and candidates without adequate financial support from their nominating university will not be eligible. The Court will facilitate visas, if necessary, and provide working facilities, but it cannot offer financial support.
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.
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