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

LEGAL OFFICER (full-time)

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  •  Excellent law education (Bachelor / Licentiate or equivalent), preferably with post-graduate studies;
  •  2-3 years of experience in area of international family law (in particular, on adoption, filiation, and child protection) either in private practice, government, academia, international organisation or NGO;
  • Good knowledge of private international law, particularly in family law; familiarity with comparative law is desirable;
  • Good drafting capabilities (e.g. LL.M. dissertation, law review or other publications);
  • 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; 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.

Duties will include general assistance in the areas of intercountry adoption and the parentage / surrogacy project, including responding to daily requests, comparative law research, preparation of research papers and other documentation, organisation and preparation of materials for publication, assistance in the preparation of, organisation and participation in conferences, seminars and training programmes, and such other work as may be required by the Secretary General from time to time. 

As stated in the HCCH Staff Rules, officials must have the nationality of a Member State of the Organisation. 

Type of appointment and duration: one year (3-month probationary period), renewal possible.

Starting date: 1 August 2018.

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

Deadline for applications: 6 July 2018.

Applications: written applications should be made by e-mail, with a completed summary application, Curriculum Vitae, letter of motivation, a writing sample and at least two references, to be addressed to the Head of Human Resources, at <>.




to assist with maintaining, expanding and improving the International Child Abduction Database (INCADAT).

This consultancy is funded through a Voluntary Contribution from Miles & Stockbridge, P.C.

The following criteria are essential for prospective applicants:

  • A law degree (Bachelor/Licentiate or equivalent), with a good understanding of the fundamentals of common, civil law and other legal traditions;
  • Good knowledge of relevant Hague Conventions in this field, in particular the 1980 Child Abduction Convention;
  • Oral and written fluency in English; good command of French and / or Spanish is an asset;
  • Excellent drafting and editorial skills;
  • Excellent skills to communicate and interact with governmental authorities, members of the judiciary, and other experts;
  • Experience handling a website content management system;
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver high-quality outcomes within agreed timeframes.

The selected candidate will provide the following services:

  • Ensuring the INCADAT database is up-to-date and complete, by:
    • Co-ordinating case details, synopses and summaries of cases with INCADAT correspondents and ensuring that the terminology used in the case details, synopsis and summaries is consistent throughout the INCADAT database;
    • Liaising with INCADAT Correspondents with regard to the review of their work;
    • Uploading to the INCADAT website case details, synopses and summaries;
    • Co-ordinating the translation of case details, synopses and summaries into English, French, and or Spanish;
    • Consolidating the global network of INCADAT Correspondents;
    • Managing ICT aspects of the database, including troubleshooting, liaising with Thirdwave, and working with the Client to resolve issues.

Term of the consultancy: 6 months, 20-30 hours per month.

Remuneration: hourly rate to be determined based on experience.

Commencement: July / August 2018. Some transition training may be envisaged.

Place of duty: The Hague. Home-based and / or teleworking arrangements may be considered.

Deadline for applications: 19 June 2018.

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


Applications are now open for three to six month internships at the Permanent Bureau, during the January-June 2019 period. Only fully completed applications for full-time internships received on or before Friday 28 September 2018 will be considered. For more information see the Internships Page.