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

LEGAL OFFICER (full-time)

The successful candidate will at least possess the following qualifications:

  • A law degree (Bachelor/Licentiate or equivalent);
  • Good knowledge of private international law in general, as well as familiarity with comparative law;
  • Two years of relevant full-time professional experience (e.g., in practice, government, academia, IGO or NGO);
  • Excellent command, both spoken and written, of either English or French; good command of the other, 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.

The successful candidate will begin work in the field of legal co-operation. Duties will include general assistance in relation to the operation of the HCCH Apostille, Service, Evidence, and Access to Justice Conventions, and, in particular, assistance with the preparation of the new edition of the Apostille Handbook as well as the new editions of the Practical Handbooks on the Service Convention and the Evidence Convention respectively. Depending on the work programme established by the Council on General Affairs and Policy of the HCCH, he or she will gradually also be expected to carry out work in other areas, including family law and commercial / finance law. He or she will 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: two-year contract, possibility for renewal.

Starting date: 2 September 2019.

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

Deadline for applications:  7 July 2019.

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

Please note that applicants must be nationals of Member States of the HCCH. The Permanent Bureau strives for gender balance and equitable geographical representation in its recruitment and hiring practices. 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. 


Legal Internships

The application period has now closed for three to six month legal internships at the Permanent Bureau, during the July-December 2019 period. The application period for legal internships after December 2019 will open in due course. For more information see the Internships Page.