International Clerkships Program 2022-2023 - Call for applications

Published: 22 October 2021

Deadline: 26 January 2022, 17:00, Montreal time.

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) 22 Nov 21: We regret to announce the Court has decided to not take on clerks for 2022-2023.

All clerkships start in September 2022. 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 2022, and to recent McGill graduates from Fall 2019 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 cover letter that specifies the particular Court for which they are applying (details below);
  • For ICJ applications, a completed Personal History Form and Synoptic Table Form;
  • 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 [at] ( ) by 17:00 on January 17, 2022. 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

Nota bene: the ICJ clerkships program is called the Judicial Fellows Program.

For the PCA:

H.E. Hugo Hans Siblesz, Secretary General
Permanent Court of Arbitration
Peace Palace, The Hague, The Netherlands

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

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