The International Court of Justice (ICJ) invites applications from eligible universities around the world for the 2023-2024 Judicial Fellowship Programme. The application deadline is 5 February 2023. All applications must be complete by this deadline. The Court is expected to reach its final decision on the selection of candidates by April 2023. Nominating universities will be notified accordingly.
About 2023-2024 Judicial Fellowship Programme
The Judicial Fellowship Programme aims to improve participants’ understanding of public international law and of the Court’s procedures by actively involving them in the work of the Court and allowing them to build on their experience under the supervision of a judge.
The Judicial Fellows work on a full-time basis under the supervision of a Member of the Court and alongside the primary legal assistant of the judge. The Fellows can expect to attend the Court’s public hearings, research and write memorandums on legal questions or factual aspects of the cases pending before the Court, and perform other duties assigned by their judge. The duration of the Fellowship is approximately ten months, from early September to June of the following year.
The Court normally accepts up to 15 participants per year from various universities across the world.
Eligibility and Selection of Candidates
Universities are strongly encouraged to limit nominations to candidates who have shown excellent results in their legal studies and who have demonstrated an interest in public international law through their studies, publications and/or work experience.
The official languages of the Court are English and French, and participants must have excellent reading, writing and oral skills in at least one of them. A working knowledge of the second official language is an asset.
To be eligible, candidates should be 31 years of age or younger at the time the Fellowship begins. This requirement may be waived in special circumstances. In making its selection, the Court seeks candidates of diverse nationalities.
While it is possible to nominate a single candidate, the Court encourages universities to propose more than one nominee.
The Court does not accept applications from individuals.
How to nominate candidates
Before applying, please ensure that nominated candidates meet all the eligibility requirements.
To start the application process, click on “Apply”. Universities will be asked to select the nomination procedure inside the application tool.
For more information, visit the fellowship website.
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