Vacancy at the Permanent Bureau : Legal Consultant

The Permanent Bureau (PB) of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) is seeking a


Legal Consultant


to conduct a study and draft a further Report, in English, on specific aspects relating to the HCCH’s ongoing legislative project on Tourists and Visitors.


The Consultant’s Report shall:

  • Describe and evaluate the applicability of existing HCCH Conventions (in particular, Access to Justice, Service, Evidence and Judgments), and, time permitting, other relevant international instruments, to matters relating to the protection of international tourists / visitors;
  • Map out any additional essential principles that would be relevant with respect to the HCCH mandate and that could further enhance and operationalise the protection of international tourists / visitors, taking into consideration the advantages and challenges of any options, including those discussed by the Experts
  • Describe and evaluate, time permitting, possible grounds of jurisdiction for matters relating to the protection of international tourists / visitors and their possible relevance for the Judgments Convention.

Reference is made to previous work undertaken by the PB and a first consultant in this regard, as well as reports from previous meetings of the Experts’ Group and the related Conclusions & Recommendations adopted by the Council on General Affairs and Policy (CGAP) of the HCCH (available on the HCCH website (

 The Consultant shall possess the following qualifications: 

  • Excellent legal education (Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws, J.D., or equivalent), including a good understanding of common, civil law and other legal traditions;
  • Excellent knowledge of private international law (conflict of laws), including of relevant HCCH Conventions;
  • Familiarity with the HCCH’s legislative project on Tourists and Visitors is an asset;
  • Excellent oral and written command of English, good command of French is an asset;
  • Excellent drafting skills (proven through, for example, dissertation, law review article or other publication experience);
  • Strong research, analytical and organisational skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to self-start and deliver high-quality outcomes within agreed timeframes;
  • Minimum of 3 to 5 years of experience in private or government practice, academia or other international organisations.


The Consultant will be required to respect the following deadlines:

  •  Deliver first draft of the Report: 15 November 2019;
  • Update the Report to reflect feedback from the Experts: 16 December 2019 – 5 January 2020.


The final Report will be circulated to HCCH Members on Friday 17 January 2020 for consideration at the March 2020 meeting of CGAP.

 Consultancy fee: competitive, depending on the qualifications and experience of the successful applicant. The fee will be paid under contract in installments against reaching agreed milestones.

The Consultant is funded through a generous grant given by the Government of Brazil.

Deadline for applications: 30 September 2019.

Anticipated starting date:  As soon as possible.

 Applications: written applications should be sent by e-mail, with Curriculum Vitae, letter of motivation, one sample of written work (preferably in an area relevant to the project) and contact information for at least two references, to be addressed to the Head of Human Resources, e-mail: