Vacancy at the Permanent Bureau: Legal Officer (full-time)

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

Legal Officer (full-time)

to join its Transnational Litigation & Apostille team.

The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • A law degree (Bachelor/Licentiate or equivalent);
  • Good knowledge of private international law (PIL) in general, as well as familiarity with comparative law, and sensitivity to different legal cultures;
  • Good knowledge of all or some of the following: the 1961 Apostille (incl. the e-APP), 1965 Service, 1970 Evidence, 1980 Access to Justice, 2005 Choice of Court, and 2019 Judgments Conventions;
  • At least 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 and knowledge of other languages desirable; dissertation, law review or other publication experience will be taken into account; and
  • Ability to work well in a team, in a fast-paced environment that requires a significant degree of flexibility, and to respond well to time-critical requests.

Candidates must be a national of a Member State of the HCCH.

The selected candidate will:

  • Be part of the Transnational Litigation & Apostille Division and work under the responsibility of the Diplomat Lawyer (Secretary) in charge of this Division;
  • As a priority, assist with the preparation of the next meeting of the Special Commission on the practical operation of the Service, Evidence, and Access to Justice Conventions;
  • Depending on the work programme established by the Council on General Affairs and Policy (CGAP), be called upon to carry out work in other areas, and 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 take on such other work as may be required by the Secretary General from time to time;
  • Supervise the work of interns assigned to the Division;
  • Contribute to a good, cooperative working atmosphere, conducive to teamwork and efficient communications, both within the PB and in relations with representatives of States and Organisations;
  • Be expected to assist with the administration of the PB and to respect the PB’s core values.

This position is based in The Hague, the Netherlands, and may require occasional travel.

Type of appointment and duration: two-year contract (with a six-month probationary period), possibility for renewal.

Grade (HCCH adaptation of Co-ordinated Organisations scale for the Netherlands): A0/1 subject to relevant experience.

Deadline for applications: 14 October 2022 (5.00 p.m. CEST).

Anticipated starting date: January 2023 (with some flexibility).

Applications: Interested candidates should apply in writing using the application form, and include a letter of motivation, a Curriculum Vitae, a writing sample in either English or French, and contact information for at least two references; the application should be sent by e-mail to the Head of Human Resources, at

Diversity & Inclusiveness: The HCCH strives to implement measures relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the recruitment of staff, including to actively seek appropriate representation across geographic regions, and from underrepresented Member States, as well as across genders.

Process: The short-listed candidates whose applications are retained will be invited to an interview with a Selection Committee which will include the Head of Division and other team members of the PB.

Disclaimer: The PB 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.