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International Court of Justice - Judicial Assistants Programme 2014

The CHRLP invites applications to the ICJ Judicial Assistants Programme. This ICJ clerkship will last nine months (September 2013 - June 2014). Judicial Assistants are chosen to work directly with one judge, helping him or her in the preparation for hearings and the drafting of judgments. Work takes place at the seat of the International Court, at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands. Current BCL/LLB, LLM or DCL students graduating in June 2013 and recent graduates are eligible to apply.

Deadline to apply: Friday, 31 January 2014 at 15h00.

For complete details, download the call for ICJ Judicial Assistants call for applications [.doc]. To apply, fill out the ICJ University Trainee Application Form [.doc].


Alongside New York University, Columbia, Yale, Michigan, Geneva and Strasbourg, the Faculty of Law is a participant in the Judicial Assistants Programme of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). This offers a rare opportunity for one McGill student or recent graduate to work at one of the world’s most important legal institutions.

The Judicial Assistants Program at the ICJ is directly inspired by the North American practice of appellate courts hiring law clerks for a short period of time to assist judges in fulfilling their duties. The posting lasts nine months, starting in September and ending in June of the following year.

Judicial Assistants are chosen to work directly with one judge, helping him or her in the preparation for hearings and the drafting of judgments. Work takes place at the seat of the International Court, at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands. There are approximately eight judicial assistants each year, each holding a different nationality.

Legal Intern Jennifer Poirier at Sigiriya Rock in Sri Lanka

The selected interns have in the past been placed at the Chambers of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania, at the Chambers of the Special Court for Sierra Leone and at the Office of the Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, both in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

The general purposes of the internships are a) to increase the participants’ understanding of important and current issues in the host organizations’ respective fields of practice; and b) to provide the host organizations with the assistance and contribution of outstanding young jurists.