The International Court of Justice is currently inviting eligible universities from all over the world to submit applications for the 2024-2025 Judicial Fellowship Programme. This program, formerly known as the University Traineeship Programme, was established in 1999 to provide recent graduates of law with professional experience by working for the Court.
The main objective of the program is to enhance the participants’ understanding of public international law and the Court’s procedures by directly involving them in its activities. Fellows work full-time under the supervision of a Court Member and alongside their legal assistants.
They conduct research, draft memorandums, attend court hearings and sittings, as well as perform other assigned duties. The fellowship lasts approximately ten months, from early September until June of the following year. The Court usually chooses 15 participants nominated by universities around the world.
The Court aims to select candidates from a wide range of nationalities in order to promote diversity.
- Must be 31 if you are applying.
- Applicants should have outstanding academic achievements in their legal studies and demonstrate a strong interest in public international law through their studies, publications, or work experience.
- Proficiency in written and oral communication is required in at least one of the Court’s official languages (English and French), and familiarity with the other language is considered advantageous.
Only universities are authorized to nominate candidates, and individual applications are not accepted. While universities can nominate a single candidate, it is encouraged to propose multiple nominees.
- Trust fund awards are specifically designed to benefit candidates who are nominated by universities in developing countries that lack the resources to offer financial sponsorship.
How to Nominate Candidates
- To apply for the trust fund awards, the nominating university needs to complete an online pre-screening questionnaire. Also, the university has to appoint an authorized focal point who will be responsible for submitting all application materials.
- Once the pre-screening questionnaire is finished, the following six documents must be sent via email to the university’s authorized focal point in the specified order:
- Official letter of nomination from the university
- ICJ personal history form
- Letters of reference
- Official academic records
- Writing sample
- Candidate profile summary table
- The confirmation email received after completing the pre-screening questionnaire will include more detailed instructions. As well as the ICJ personal history form and candidate profile summary table.
- If there are any questions regarding the required documents. The FAQ page for the Judicial Fellowship Programme and Trust Fund can provide guidance.
For additional information, please visit the official website of the ICJ Judicial Fellowship Programme.
February 5, 2024.
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