ICJ Judicial Fellowship Program: In 1999, the Judicial Fellowship Programme, which was previously called the University Traineeship Ship Programme, was instituted to provide recent law graduates with an opportunity to obtain professional experience through employment at the International Court of Justice. By integrating participants directly in Court operations, the program seeks to enhance their comprehension of both the workings of the Court and practical applications of public international law.
Members of the Court employ judicial fellows full-time and report to them, along with the member’s principal legal assistant. Fellows can anticipate participating in hearings and sittings, conducting research, writing memoranda on legal or factual issues pertaining to cases that are pending before the Court, and carrying out any additional tasks that their respective judges may assign them.
The fellowship runs from early September to June of the following year, or around ten months. Typically, the Court chooses fifteen nominees from universities worldwide.
ICJ Judicial Fellowship Program
|International Court of Justice
|Men and Women
|February 5th, 2024
Goals and Benefits of ICJ Judicial Fellowship Program
If chosen, each university that submits a nomination must agree to pay for the candidate’s stipend, health insurance, and travel expenses. The court didn’t specify the amount of stipend to be paid, but it should be enough to cover the selected candidate’s basic living and transportation expenses in The Hague and guarantee that they can fully benefit from their experience at the court without having to worry about money.
Applicants who do not get sufficient financial support from their nominating university will not be considered for the fellowship, which is not a self-funded internship. The Court cannot provide financial help, but it will process visas if needed and provide workspace.
Criteria for ICJ Judicial Fellowship Program
The Court looks for candidates from a variety of nationalities when choosing its nominees.
- Candidates must begin their fellowship at the age of 31 or younger in order to be eligible. This requirement can only be avoided under certain conditions.
- They must exhibit outstanding academic performance in their legal coursework as well as a keen interest in public international law through their writing, research, and/or professional experience.
- Candidates must possess a strong command of at least one of the two official languages of the Court, French or English, both orally and in writing; a working knowledge of the other language is advantageous.
- Only academic institutions are able to nominate them.
Individuals cannot submit applications to the court. One candidate may be nominated; however, the Court encourages universities to submit more than one nomination.
Deadline for Application
February 5th, 2024
How to Apply
An online pre-screening questionnaire must be completed by the nominating university. The university must also designate an authorized focal point through whom all application materials will be submitted.
Following completion of the pre-screening questionnaire, the following six documents must be submitted for each candidate via the email address of the university’s authorized focal point, in the order below:
- Official letter of nomination from the university
- ICJ personal history form
- Letters of reference
- Official academic records
- Writing sample
- Candidate profile summary table
Further application instructions, as well as the ICJ personal history form and candidate profile summary table, will be included in the confirmation email sent to the authorized focal point upon completion of the pre-screening questionnaire.
For more details, visit the ICJ website.