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

TEMPORARY LEGAL OFFICER (approx. six months; full-time)
in the field of legal co-operation.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • A law degree (Bachelor/Licentiate or equivalent);
  • Good knowledge of private international law as well as familiarity with comparative law;
  • Excellent command, both spoken and written, of either English or French; good command of the other, as well as knowledge of other languages is desirable; and
  • Sensitivity to different legal cultures.

He or she should work well in a team, be able to work in more than one area of law and respond well to time-critical requests. At least two years of legal or academic work experience would be an advantage.

Duties will include general assistance in relation to the operation of the Hague Apostille, Service, Evidence, and Access to Justice Conventions. In particular, the successful candidate will assist with the editing and finalisation of the Guide to Good Practice on the Use of Video-Link under the Evidence Convention as well as the preparation of the second edition of the Apostille Handbook. He or she will also respond to requests for information, assist with comparative law research, the preparation of research papers and other documentation, the organisation and preparation of materials for publication, the preparation of, and participation in, conferences, seminars and training programmes, and such other work as may be required by the Secretary General from time to time.

Type of appointment and duration: short-term contract of approximately six months.

Starting date: 14 January 2019. 

Grade (Hague Conference adaptation of Co-ordinated Organisations scale): A/1 subject to relevant experience. 

Deadline for applications:  16 November 2018.

Applications: written applications should be made by e-mail, with Curriculum Vitae, letter of motivation and at least two references, to be addressed to the Head of Human Resources, at <>.

Please note that applicants should be nationals of Members of the HCCH. The Permanent Bureau reserves the right not to make any appointment to this vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description. 


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