Assistant Lawyer – France, Junior Professionals Programme

council-of-europe-logoVacancy Notice N° e141/2015
Assistant Lawyer – France, Junior Professionals Programme (Grade B3)
Registry of the European Court of Human Rights


The Junior Professionals Programme: the Assistant Lawyers’ scheme 

The Assistant Lawyers’ Scheme opens the doors of the European Court of Human Rights to legal professionals at the start of their career, giving them an opportunity to gain experience working within this European institution. They will benefit from regular working contact with experienced case lawyers, senior managers and the judges themselves. While dealing with individual applications originating from their own legal system and assisting senior colleagues in handling more complex applications, assistant lawyers benefit from the Registry’s in-house training programme and deepen their knowledge of the functioning of the European Court of Human Rights and the Convention case-law.

The Scheme serves the twofold objective of bringing new talent to the Registry and contributing to greater awareness and understanding of the Convention in the legal profession throughout Europe as assistant lawyers advance in their careers elsewhere. Employment under the scheme is therefore of limited duration.

Job mission

The principal duties of an assistant lawyer consist of assisting more senior members of staff in the preparation of correspondence with applicants and draft decisions in standard form cases.

* External recruitment procedure organised in accordance with Article 16 of the Regulations on Appointments

Key activities

Under the authority of the Registrar of the European Court of Human Rights and of a Head of a Division, the post-holder performs legal duties and is responsible for the following:

  • examining and dealing with applications in prima facie inadmissible cases and in cases which can be dealt with in a standard manner;
  • drafting decisions, minutes, reports, notes and other documents;
  • advising applicants, in correspondence or, if necessary, in interviews, on the conditions of admissibility of applications;
  • attending the Court’s sessions and presenting applications;
  • assisting one or more experienced case-lawyers, where necessary, in the preparation of Chamber cases for examination by the Court.

Please note that the incumbent may be required to perform other duties not listed in the vacancy notice.
Location : Strasbourg, France

Closing date: 07 January 2016

Read more and apply here.

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