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


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;
  • Relevant full-time professional experience (up to two years) in practice, government, academia, or IGO / NGO; relevant internship experience may also be considered;
  • Excellent command, both spoken and written, of English; good command of French and knowledge of other languages is desirable; and
  • Sensitivity to different legal cultures. 

The successful candidate 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 work in the field of International Family Law and Child Protection, primarily in relation to the 2000 Convention on the Protection of Adults and the 2007 Convention on Child Support and its Protocol, but also the 1961 Convention on the Form of Testamentary Dispositions and 1970 Convention on the Recognition of Divorces. The Assistant Legal Officer will assist with drafting publications related to the aforementioned HCCH Conventions as well as responding to requests for information, assisting with comparative law research, preparing research papers and other documentation. In addition, the Assistant Legal Officer will support the preparation of meetings of Special Commissions, 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: 10-month contract (there may be a possibility for renewal).  

Starting date: 1 September 2021. 

Grade (Co-ordinated Organisations scale): B3 subject to relevant experience. 

Deadline for applications:  23 July 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 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.