International Clerkships Program 2023-2024 - Call for applications

Published: 28 September 2022

Deadline: 17 January 2023, 17:00, EST. 

McGill’s Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism (CHRLP) is currently accepting applications for: 

  • a 12-month clerkship at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA); 

  • a 10-month fellowship at the International Court of Justice (ICJ); 

  • a 9-month clerkship at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR)  

All clerkships start in September 2023. Partial funding is confirmed for all clerkships. 

Clerks are assigned to assist one or more judges or staff of the Courts with tasks such as drafting legal and administrative documents, preparing case files, and researching legal issues. 


General requirements 

  • These clerkships are open to current McGill BCL/LLB, LLM or DCL students graduating in June 2023, and to recent McGill graduates from Fall 2020 onwards. 

  • IACHR: Applicants for the IACHR must be able to demonstrate proficiency in Spanish with a particular emphasis on legal research and writing skills. 


The Centre, on behalf of the Faculty of Law, will select a shortlist of candidates to submit to each court for final selection. 

Candidates will be selected based on: 

  • demonstrated writing and research skills; 

  • training in and familiarity with international law and relevant courses pertaining to the court they are applying to; 

  • an excellent academic record; and 

  • proficiency in the Court’s official languages: 

  • French and English for the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) and the International Court of Justice (ICJ); and 

  • French, English and Spanish for the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR). 

Application Process 

Candidates should apply to a specific clerkship. Should they wish to apply for more than one clerkship, they should submit separate cover letter for each candidacy. 

Candidates should submit the following documentation: 

  • A résumé; 

  • Copies of transcripts for all post-secondary study; 

  • Two letters of recommendation*; and 

  • A sample of written work no longer than fifteen (15) double-spaced pages. 

All application materials (including recommendation letters) must be submitted in a single attachment in an email sent to by 17:00 on January 17, 2023. Short-listed candidates will be asked to provide original, hard copies of their application materials to be forwarded to the Courts for the final selection in February. 

All cover letters and recommendations should be addressed (but not sent) to: 

For the ICJ: 

H.E. Philippe Gautier, Registrar  
International Court of Justice  

Peace Palace, The Hague, The Netherlands 

Note: the title of the ICJ clerkships program is now the Judicial Fellows Programme. 

For the PCA:  

H.E. Marcin Piotr Czepelak, Secretary General 

Permanent Court of Arbitration  

Peace Palace, The Hague, The Netherlands 

For the IACHR: 

H.E. Julissa Mantilla Falcón, President 

Inter-American Court of Human Rights 

Apartado Postal 6906-1000, San José, Costa Rica 

* If referees prefer to submit their references in confidence, they can directly email nandini.ramanujam [at]

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