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

Diplomat Lawyerα

with the following qualifications:

  • Outstanding academic record and expertise in private international law (PIL);

  • Excellent knowledge of the ongoing “Judgments Project” of the HCCH;

  • Other areas of (PIL) expertise: civil procedural law, including issues of jurisdiction in civil and commercial matters and information technology aspects related to these areas; good knowledge of Intellectual Property law; familiarity with Family Law and related Hague Children’s Conventions desirable; good comparative law background (substantive and procedural); good knowledge of public international law including the law of treaties; experience in international negotiations is desirable;

  • Excellent drafting capabilities (dissertation and / or Ph.D., law review or other publication experience will be taken into account);

  • At least 15 years of relevant post-qualification experience in academia, law practice, domestic administration, and/or in an intergovernmental organisation;

  • Complete fluency both spoken and written, in at least one of the working languages of the Conference (French or English), with good command of the other; knowledge of other languages desirable.

The selected candidate will oversee the completion of the “Judgments Project” and subsequent efforts to promote the Convention. His or her portfolio will also include work relating to the 2005 Choice of Court Convention and the Hague Principles, and any other legal work of the Permanent Bureau as required. He or she will be part of the senior management team and assure a good, co-operative working atmosphere, conducive to team work and efficient communications, both within the Permanent Bureau and in relations with representatives of States and Organisations (respect of the Permanent Bureau’s core values is essential). The selected candidate will represent the HCCH in dealings with Members as well as other stakeholders and interested parties. He or she will also be expected to assist with the administration of the Permanent Bureau.

The position requires frequent travel to both neighbouring and distant countries.

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

αTitle: (Secretary or First Secretary) subject to relevant experience.

Grade (Co-ordinated Organisations scale for the Netherlands): +/- A4/A5 subject to relevant experience. Secretarial status granted according to the Statute of the Hague Conference and Diplomatic status, with the relevant privileges and immunities, according to the agreements of the Hague Conference with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Deadline for applications: 22 January 2018

Anticipated starting date: April 2018 (with some degree of flexibility)

Applications: written applications should be sent by e-mail, with Curriculum Vitae, letter of motivation and contact information for at least two references, to be addressed to the Secretary General, e-mail:

* All candidates who were shortlisted and interviewed after the position was first advertised in June 2017 do not need to reapply. Their applications will again be taken into consideration when a new pool of shortlisted candidates will be established after 22 January 2018. Candidates who were not shortlisted and interviewed following the first advertisement may reapply.

In view of the terms of the Statute of the HCCH according to which diversity of geographic representation and of legal expertise shall be taken into account, candidates should preferably not have (exclusively) Swiss or Canadian nationality.

The short-listed candidates whose applications are retained will be invited to an interview with a Selection Committee which will include the Chairman of the Netherlands Standing Government Committee, the Chairman of the Council on General Affairs and Policy, and Members of the Permanent Bureau. They may also be invited to take part in an external professional assessment.



Applications are now open for two to three month internships at the Permanent Bureau, during the March-May 2018 period. Applications will close at midnight (Central European Time) on Friday 1st December 2017. Only fully completed applications will be considered. For more information see the Internships Page.