2022-2023 ICJ Judicial Fellows Programme

Deadline: 4 February 2022 (CLOSED)

Each year the International Court of Justice (ICJ) invites applications for participation in its Judicial Fellowship programme from candidates nominated by their university. The Fellowship programme is similar to a judicial clerkship or judicial assistantship and provides an opportunity for a current Oxford student or recent graduate to work for nearly a year at the leading international tribunal in the world. Judicial fellows work closely with the members of the Court on tasks such as the research and writing of memoranda on the variety of legal questions arising in the cases pending before the Court and attend the Court’s public hearings. Further details are available here: https://www.icj-cij.org/en/judicial-fellows-program 

As the result of a very generous donation from Judge Theodor Meron and further funds raised by members of the Oxford Public International Law Research Group, the Oxford Law Faculty is able to offer funding to the person selected for the Fellowship programme.  The Faculty may put forward one or more names to the Court, which will make the final decision on the selection for the programme. It is expected to reach its final decision in April 2022 and nominating universities will be notified accordingly.

The Fellowship programme is open to current graduate law students pursuing research or taught courses in the Law Faculty (BCL/MJur/MSc/MSt/MPhil/DPhil), as well as to those who have graduated from Oxford Law Faculty (including the BA programme) in the past two years. There are no restrictions as to nationality. Applicants may be about to complete their graduate degrees in Oxford or, in appropriate cases and after consulting their supervisor, may be seeking to intermit their studies in order to undertake the internship. To be eligible candidates should be 31 years of age or younger at the time of the programme begins, though it is indicated that the Court may waive this requirement in special circumstances.

Applicants should (a) be fluent in either English or French and have an excellent working knowledge of the other language and (b) have distinguished themselves by their exceptional interest and excellence in the field of international law.

Application Process
If you wish to apply for the ICJ Judicial Fellowship programme, please submit the following documents in electronic form to Professor Catherine Redgwell (catherine.redgwell@law.ox.ac.uk) by 12 noon on Friday 4th February 2022:

1. In Word format, a completed application form (https://www.icj-cij.org/public/files/judicial-fellowship-programme/personal-history-form-en.dotx) and one-page summary table (https://www.icj-cij.org/public/files/judicial-fellowship-programme/summary-table-2022-2023-en.dotx) (the latter may be in list form).

2. In a single pdf file, two to three letters of reference, preferably from individuals able to speak to the candidate's abilities in the field of international law. In the case of current research students, at least one of the referees should be the applicant’s supervisor. References should be addressed to: Office of the Deputy-Registrar, International Court of Justice, Peace Palace, The Hague, Netherlands. 

3. Official academic transcripts in a single pdf file.
4. A writing sample, which should not exceed 15 pages, in a single pdf file. The sample should be work that has been submitted for publication or other work of publishable quality (e.g. part of a thesis, dissertation or a paper).

Previous awards for the ICJ fellowship programme:
Kamille Adair Morgan 2021-2022 
Hannes Jöbstl 2020-2021 / report
Zac Vermeer 2019 - 2020
Yulia Ioffe 2018-2019 / report
Sotirios-Ioannis Lekkas 2017 - 2018 / report
Daniel Kaasik 2016 - 2017 /  report
Miles Jackson 2015 - 2016
Jessica Howley 2013 - 2014
Emma Dunlop 2012 - 2013
Ernesto Feliz 2010 - 2011
Veronica Fikfak 2009 - 2010