Are you a young law graduate who wants to gain experience in an international Organisation working for human rights, democracy and the rule of law? Do you want to help the European Court of Human Rights to ensure respect for the human rights of 700 million Europeans? Are you interested in dealing with applications alleging violations of the rights set out in the European Convention on Human Rights? If so, our Junior Professional Programme may be the good opportunity for you.
Who we are
With over 2200 staff representing all its 46 member States, the Council of Europe is a multicultural Organisation. We all strive towards protecting human rights, democracy and the rule of law and our three core values – professionalism, integrity and respect – guide the way we work.
The European Court of Human Rights oversees the implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights in the member States. Individuals can bring complaints of human rights violations to the Strasbourg Court once all possibilities of appeal have been exhausted in the member State concerned. See the Court’s website for information about its activities.
The Council of Europe has its headquarters in Strasbourg (France) and has external presence in more than twenty countries. See here for more information about the Council of Europe external presence.
As an Assistant Lawyer, you will assist more senior members of staff in the preparation of correspondence with applicants and draft decisions in standard form cases, you will:
- examine and deal with applications in prima facie inadmissible cases and in cases which can be dealt with in a standard manner;
- draft decisions, minutes, reports, notes and other documents;
- attend the Court’s sessions and present applications;
- assist one or more experienced case-lawyers, where necessary, in the preparation of cases for examination by the Court.
The Junior Professional Programme opens the Council of Europe’s doors to professionals at the start of their career, giving them an opportunity to gain experience working with this pan-European institution. At the Court, you will benefit from regular working contact with experienced staff members, assist senior colleagues with their daily work and benefit from the Council of Europe’s training programme, as well as deepening your knowledge of the Organisation. The length of employment of Junior Professionals is limited to a maximum of four years under this scheme.
What we are looking for
- have a higher education degree or qualification equivalent to a master’s degree (2nd cycle of the Bologna process framework of qualifications for the European Higher Education Area) in law obtained in the Netherlands permitting access, either on the basis of qualifications or after passing a competitive examination, to the judicial administration or legal professions in the Netherlands;
- after having obtained the relevant university degree in law, have a maximum of two years of relevant professional experience acquired in the legal field (preferably in the judicial service) in the Netherlands or in international Organisations;
- have a very good knowledge of one of the two official languages of the Council of Europe (English or French) and the ability to draft legal texts therein clearly and precisely; and an excellent knowledge of Dutch (mother tongue level);
- be a citizen of one of the member States of the Council of Europe and fulfil the conditions for appointment to the civil service of that State;
- have discharged any obligation concerning national service (military, civil or comparable);
- not be the parent, child, stepchild or grandchild of a serving staff member of the Council of Europe;
- be under 35 years of age at the closing of the deadline for submission of applications for this vacancy notice.
Demonstrate to us that you have the following competencies:
- Professional and technical expertise:
- thorough knowledge of the Dutch legal system and ability to handle cases arising in other jurisdictions;
- knowledge of European law and of international law.
- Drafting skills
- Concern for quality
- Planning and work organisation
- Analysis and problem solving
- Learning and development
- Teamwork and co-operation
These would be an asset:
- Results orientation
- Decision making
What we offer
If successful, you may be offered employment based on renewable fixed-term contracts for a maximum cumulated duration of four years at grade B3. You will receive a basic monthly gross salary of € 3 960 which is exempt from national income tax. This salary may be supplemented by other allowances depending on your personal situation and you will be affiliated to a Council of Europe pension scheme. You will also benefit from private medical insurance, annual leave, and other benefits (including flexible working hours, training and development, possibility of teleworking, etc.).
The deadline for applications is 25 October 2023 (midnight Paris time).
For more information on how to apply, click the Apply button.