Friday, October 9, 2009

On the job! ICJ General Counsel

(On the Job! pays occasional notice to interesting intlaw job notices) Seasoned lawyers will be interested to hear that the International Commission of Jurists, a" non-governmental organisation dedicated to the primacy, coherence and implementation of international law and principles that advance human rights," is seeking applications for the position of General Counsel. Requirement include 15 years of human rights legal experience, "a proven record in advancing human rights through the rule of law," language skills, and significant management experience.
Director of the Legal and Policy Office of ICJ's Geneva-based International Secretariat, the General Counsel will have numerous responsibilities, among them:
► Advising ICJ's Secretary-General on legal and political developments and on objectives and advocacy strategies for the ICJ;
► Developing internal ICJ legal policy positions and external policy papers;
► Training legal staff;
► Coordinating litigation via amicus curiae briefs and other third-party legal submissions at national, regional and international levels.
► Endeavoring to establish international legal standards;
► Representing ICJ externally;
► Assisting in fundraising;
► Supporting U.N. human rights treaty bodies; and
► Strengthening the ICJ's capacity to respond rapidly to rule of law crises in countries around the world.
Deadline is October 27, 2009; application and c.v. should be sent to the attention of Ref: General Counsel, via e-mail to or by post to International Commission of Jurists, P.O. Box 91, 1211 Geneva 8, Switzerland. Further details here.

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