Call for Applications – International Court of Justice Traineeship Programme 2018 - 2019 (now closed)

Funded Traineeship at the International Court of Justice 2018-2019

Call for Applications Deadline for submission is 1 February 2018

The Oxford Law Faculty is one of a group of leading law faculties around the world invited by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to participate in the ICJ's "traineeship" programme. The traineeship programme is similar to a judicial clerkship or judicial assistantship and provides an opportunity for one Oxford student or recent graduate to work for nearly a year at the leading international tribunal in the world. The person selected will work closely with the members of the Court on tasks such as drafting opinions, orders and other court documents; preparing case files and researching a variety of legal issues.

As the result of a very generous donation from Sir Frank Berman KCMG QC, and further funds raised by members of the Oxford Public International law subject group, the Oxford Law Faculty is able to offer funding to the person selected for traineeship.  The Faculty may put forward one or more names to the Court, which will make the final decision on the selection for the internship. It is expected to reach its final decision in March/April 2018 and nominating universities will be notified accordingly.


The internship 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.

Applicants should be (a) 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 traineeship please submit the following documents to :

1.      A letter of application describing the applicant’s background in international law and reasons for wishing to undertake the internship.

2.      A completed ICJ University Trainee Application Form in one of the official languages of the Court.

3.      A CV [The ICJ also asks that candidates indicate their age].

4.      Official academic transcripts.

5.      At least two letters of reference, preferably from individuals able to speak to the candidate's abilities in field of international law. In the case of current research students, at least one of the referees should be the applicant’s supervisor.

6.      A writing sample which should not exceed 15 pages. 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).

Cover letters and references should be addressed to: Mr Philippe Couvreur, Registrar, International Court of Justice, Peace Palace, The Hague, Netherlands.

These documents should be included in your submission when emailing Jenny Hassan.