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Call for Applications: Funded Internship at the ICJ

Submitted by on 12/01/2016 – 7:05 pmNo Comment

The Oxford University Law School is offering the opportunity to Oxford students to aqcuire professional experience by working at the leading international tribunal in the world.

The traineeship program will last for nearly a year, from 1 September 2016 – 30 June 2017 and the deadline for applications is January 28 2016.

Read the full press release:

Call for Applications Deadline 28 January 2016

Funded Internship at the International Court of Justice 2016-2017

The Oxford Law Faculty is one of a group of leading law faculties around the world invited by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to participate in the ICJ’s “traineeship” programme. The traineeship programme is similar to a judicial clerkship or judicial assistantship and provides an opportunity for one Oxford student or recent graduate to work for nearly a year at the leading international tribunal in the world. The person selected will work closely with the members of the Court on tasks such as drafting opinions, orders and other court documents; preparing case files and researching a variety of legal issues.

As the result of a very generous donation from Sir Frank Berman KCMG QC, and further funds raised by members of the Oxford Public International law subject group, the Oxford Law Faculty is able to offer funding to the person selected for traineeship. The traineeship programme will take place from 1 September 2016 – 30 June 2017. The Faculty may put forward one or more names to the Court, which will make the final decision on the selection for the internship.


The internship programme is open to current graduate law students pursuing research or taught courses in the Law Faculty (BCL/MJur/MSc/MSt/MPhil/DPhil), as well as to those who have graduated from Oxford Law Faculty (including the BA programme) in the past two years. There are no restrictions as to nationality. Applicants may be about to complete their graduate degrees in Oxford or, in appropriate cases and after consulting their supervisor, may be seeking to intermit their studies in order to undertake the internship.

Applicants should be (a) fluent in either English or French and have an excellent working knowledge of the other language and (b) have distinguished themselves by their exceptional interest and excellence in the field of international law.

Application Process

If you wish to apply for the ICJ traineeship please submit the following documents to :

  1. A letter of application describing the applicant’s background in international law and reasons for wishing to undertake the internship.
  2. A completed ICJ University Trainee Application Form.
  3. A CV [The ICJ also asks that candidates indicate their age].
  4. Official academic transcripts.
  5. At least two letters of reference, preferably from individuals able to speak to the candidate’s abilities in field of international law. In the case of current research students, at least one of
    the referees should be the applicant’s supervisor.
  6. A writing sample which should not exceed 15 pages. The sample should be work that has been submitted for publication or other work of publishable quality (e.g. part of a thesis, dissertation or a paper).

Please note that cover letters and references should be addressed to: Mr Philippe Couvreur, Registrar, International Court of Justice, Peace Palace, The Hague, Netherlands. These documents should be included in your submission when emailing Jenny Hassan.

For any inquiries, please email Jenny Hassan.

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