Legal Officer/Senior Legal Officer

World Federalist Movement - Institute for Global Policy
  • Location
    The Hague, Netherlands
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Aug 29

Position description

The Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC), a program of the World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP), is recruiting a Legal Officer/Senior Legal Officer for its international secretariat in The Hague, The Netherlands.

The Coalition includes 2,500 civil society organizations in 150 different countries working in partnership to strengthen international cooperation with the International Criminal Court (ICC); ensure that the Court is fair, effective and independent; make justice both visible and universal; and advance stronger national laws that deliver justice to victims of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. The ICC is the only permanent Court with the mandate to bring to justice individuals who commit the most serious violations of international humanitarian law, namely genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. For further information about the Coalition, visit our website at


The Coalition for the International Criminal Court seeks a Legal Officer/Senior Legal Officer (TH) for its international secretariat in The Hague. The Legal Officer/Senior Legal Officer provides legal analysis and helps inform Coalition campaigns and activities through monitoring of ICC, Assembly of States Parties, and Hague Working Group developments and by conducting legal research on issues related to international criminal law, international humanitarian law, public international law, and comparative law, international relations, and international peace and security. The Legal Officer/Senior Legal Officer also drafts position papers, advocacy briefs, and campaign tools on issues relating to the functioning of the ICC and the Rome Statute System. This position is directly supervised by the Director of Programs (based in The Hague), under the overall direction of the Coalition’s Convenor (based in New York), and works in close cooperation with the Legal Associate in the New York office.


The responsibilities of the Legal Officer/Senior Legal Officer (TH) include but are not limited to:

  • Monitoring all ICC-relevant developments and providing legal analyses to Coalition staff and members in relation to these developments;
  • Monitoring the work of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP), its Bureau, and the work of The Hague Working Group;
  •  Liaising with ASP officials such as the President and Vice-Presidents of the Assembly as well as with the relevant Hague-based Working Group facilitators; with the ASP Secretariat, with representatives of states’ embassies in The Hague/Brussels, and with staff at the ICC.
  • Providing research and substantive support to ensure that Coalition campaigns are well-informed;
  • Assisting in the development of advocacy strategies, position papers, information-sharing, and coordination with Coalition members, including reporting on developments and organizing consultations with NGOs, briefings for states representatives, and meetings with Court officials;
  • Assisting with preparations for, and participation in, annual meetings between Coalition members and the ICC;
  • Assisting with preparations for, and participation in, the annual session of the Assembly of States Parties to the International Criminal Court; assist in the development of ASP background papers, daily reporting on ASP sessions, and the drafting of ASP reports;
  • Contributing to Coalition publications, communiqués, and website; assisting with the provision of the latest news and analyses on international justice to CICC members in relation to ICC developments; drafting talking-points for Coalition staff; attending, reporting on, and assisting with meetings and events related to the Coalition’s work;
  • Attending, reporting on, and assisting with meetings and events related to the Coalition’s work.
  • Providing substantive input to funding proposals and reports;
  • Responding to information requests;
  • Other legal, administrative, and coordinating tasks as assigned;


  • Master’s degree in law, preferably in Public International Law or similar;
  • Relevant full-time professional experience (2-5 years);
  • Knowledge of, and support for, the Rome Statute system and a good understanding of International Criminal Law;
  • Excellent written and oral communication, research, organization, and writing skills;
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to conduct comprehensive legal research;
  • Fluency in English required; French in addition seen as an asset;
  • Resourceful and proactive, with a strong attention to detail and the ability to work independently while managing multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Ability to work under time pressure and urgent deadlines;
  • Affinity with the Coalition’s mandate and objectives;
  • Effective team player with an affinity for working in a multicultural environment.
  • Legal and personal ability to work in The Netherlands.


  • The Coalition reserves the right to appoint the position at either the Legal Officer or the Senior Legal Officer level in accordance with the experience and qualifications of the selected candidate;
  • Initial full-time contract for 6 months, renewable;
  • Salary commensurate with experience;
  • Opportunity to work in an enthusiastic, small and young international team, part of an international secretariat and a global network;
  • Opportunity to learn about the role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in relation to the ICC and multilateral institutions; the work of international civil society organizations as well as local NGOs based in all regions of the world; and the functioning of an international coalition.

Application instructions

Please apply by 15 September by sending a cover letter and CV by email with the subject header, “[First and last name] - Legal Officer – The Hague”. Please include the names and contact information of 3 professional references and indicate your earliest possible start date.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; therefore it is advised to send in applications early. Short-listed candidates will be invited for a telephone/Skype or in-person interview, conditions permitting. Due to the great number of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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