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


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;  
  • For the grade of Legal Officer, at least two years of relevant full-time professional experience (e.g., in practice, government, academia, IGO or NGO); relevant internship experience may also be considered; 
  • 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 international commercial and financial law. In addition to work in relation to the operation of the HCCH Trusts Convention as well as matters relating to the HCCH Securities Convention, duties will also include general assistance in relation to the project on the Digital Economy (including FinTech and distributed ledger technology (DLT)) and the planned 2022 HCCH International Commercial and Financial Law Conference. 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. 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 take on 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: 1 July 2021. 

Grade (HCCH adaptation of Co-ordinated Organisations scale): B3 (Assistant Legal Officer) or A0/A1 (Legal Officer) subject to relevant experience. 

Deadline for applications:  2 May 2021 (00:00 CEST). 

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 < >.  

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.  


The application period for legal internships at the Permanent Bureau in The Hague has now closed. The application period for legal internships from January 2022 will open in due course. For more information see the Internships Page.