Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - LEGAL AFFAIRS (Chambers), I
Department/Office: International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
Duty Station: THE HAGUE
Posting Period: 21 January 2016 - 31 March 2017
Job Opening Number: 16-Legal Affairs-ICTY-52464-R-The Hague (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

A complete online application including ALL of the documents listed below is required. Please note that documents may only be in English or French, and that incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applicants must attach ALL of the following documents to each UN Careers portal application submitted via 1. completed ICTY Intern Acceptance and Undertaking. 2. completed Internship preference and availability form. 3. Two (2) letters of recommendation. 4. Copies of university/law studies transcripts (including courses taken and grades received). 5. A photocopy of your valid medical insurance OR a signed statement confirming your intent to obtain medical insurance while you are in the Netherlands. 6. A sample of the applicant’s written work preferably in a field relevant to the work of the Tribunal and not longer than ten pages.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in Chambers and under the supervision and direction of a Legal Officer. Chambers is seeking legal interns who are available to begin service between August and December 2015.

An ICTY internship is UNPAID and full-time. Core working hours for interns are Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Overtime may be required to meet deadlines for specific projects. Interns work under the supervision of a staff member in the office to which they are assigned. The duration of an ICTY internship can range from a minimum of three months to a maximum of six months, according to the needs of the intern’s assigned office.

The International Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia since 1991, more commonly referred to as the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia or ICTY, is a body of the United Nations established to prosecute serious crimes committed during the wars in the former Yugoslavia, and to try their perpetrators. The tribunal is an ad hoc UN court which is located in The Hague, The Netherlands.

General information on the ICTY internship program may be found on the ICTY web site’s internship pages, including:
•Information about the ICTY offices which offer internships:
•Additional information about the ICTY Internship programme:
•Forms relevant to the ICTY Internship programme:
•ICTY Internship FAQs:


The core work in Chambers consists of the provision of legal support to the Judges at the trial and appeal stages. Chambers also supports the Judges in their other activities, for example by assisting them in their contributions to amendments to the Rules of Procedure and Evidence and other Tribunal Rules, Regulations and Directives.

While some Chambers interns are assigned to individual Judges who sit on several cases, generally interns in Chambers are assigned to a team of Chambers legal staff and interns that provide support in a single case. The functions of interns include, but are not limited to, performing legal research and preparing memoranda, contributing to the preparation of drafts of Decisions, Orders and parts of Judgements, assisting in proof-reading of drafts and verifying sources and referenced materials, obtaining research materials, assisting with the management of documentary evidence, observing court proceedings, writing reports on those proceedings and summaries of witnesses’ testimony, and participating in analysis and discussions.


•Professionalism - Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.

•Communication – Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

•Teamwork – Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


Candidates for legal internships in Chambers are required to be, at a minimum, in their final year of law school/university. If the candidate has already completed a four-year undergraduate university degree before commencing graduate legal studies, he or she must have completed at least one year of graduate legal studies by the time the internship commences. Applicants must be computer literate in standard software applications.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme, and must be at least 18 years old. Prior experience in a legal work environment is an asset.


English and French are the working languages of the Tribunal. Fluency in oral and written English and/or French is required. Knowledge of other languages, particularly Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, is an asset.


Short-listed candidates may be contacted by the hiring team directly if further information is needed during the review of their application. Due to the high volume of applications received, candidates who have not been short-listed will not be contacted.

United Nations Considerations

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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