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


to conduct a study and draft a report (in English or French) on the desirability and feasibility of further work on the Proposal on a Draft Convention on Co-operation and Access to Justice for International Tourists.1

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

The following criteria are essential for prospective applicants:

  • 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) and of international civil procedure and legal, administrative and judicial cooperation; good knowledge of relevant Hague Conventions in this field;
  • Experience with comparative law (substantive and procedural law) and in public international law;
  • Excellent oral and written command of one of the official languages of the Hague Conference (English or French); good command of the other language is an asset;
  • Excellent drafting skills (proven through, for example, dissertation, law review article or other publication experience);
    Strong analytical and organizational skills; and
  • Demonstrated ability to self-start and deliver high-quality outcomes within agreed timeframes.

The following criteria are desirable:

  • A minimum of 3-5 years of experience in private or government practice, academia or other international organisations; and
  • Working knowledge of other languages (incl. Portuguese).

Term of the consultancy: 12 months.

Commencement: As soon as possible.

Duty: The successful applicant will prepare an interim report (due at the end of January 2017, to be presented at the meeting of the Council on General Affairs and Policy of the Hague Conference in March 2017) and a final report within one year of the commencement of the consultancy. The consultancy services cannot be sub-contracted.

Place of duty: The Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, either at its headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands, or one of its Regional Offices (Buenos Aires or Hong Kong). Home-based and / or teleworking arrangements may be considered. Travel may be required and the successful applicant must be fit for travel.

Consultancy fee: competitive, based on the relevant A-grade of the Co-ordinated Organisations scale for the Netherlands, depending on the qualification and experience of the successful applicant and of the place of duty.

Deadline for applications: 30 September 2016

Applications: Applicants must submit

  • a curriculum vitae;
  • letter of motivation;
  • one sample of written work (preferably in an area relevant to the project); and
  • at least two references.

to the Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law. The documents must be submitted to < >.

1 For the mandate given by the 2015 Meeting of the Council on General Affairs and Policy, please see Paragraph 8 of the Conclusions and Recommendations of that meeting, available at For more information concerning the Proposal, please see: