2019/2020 International Court of Justice (ICJ) Judicial Fellows Programme – The Hague, Netherlands


The International Court of Justice (ICJ) invites applications for the University Traineeship Programme for 2019/2020. Participation in the programme is limited to nominating universities that accept the conditions indicated in the post description and meet the additional requirements set out below.

Eligible Countries: All

To be taken at (country): The Hague, Netherlands

Course Level: Internship

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • The Court looks in particular for candidates who have excellent results in their law studies, and who have studied, published or worked in international law.
  • Candidates will usually be in the early stages of their legal careers (e.g., within three years of graduation). Some have practical experience in private or public practice, including work at another court or international organisation, and/or post-graduate studies in international law.
  • The Court seeks diversity of nationality in making the selection.
  • The official languages of the Court are English and French, and participants must have excellent reading, writing and speaking skills in at least one of these. A working knowledge of the second official language will be an asset.
  • The application should indicate the trainee’s abilities in respect of both official languages

Selection: While it is possible to nominate a single candidate, the Court encourages universities to propose more than one. Universities are also strongly encouraged to limit applications to candidates who have excellent results in their law studies and who have demonstrated an interest in international law through their studies, publications or work experience. The Court does not accept applications from individuals.

Number of Awardees: The programme is highly selective. The Court accepts up to 15 participants a year – not more than one from each nominating university

Value of Program: Each nominating university must accept the responsibility to provide the stipend, health insurance and travel costs to its candidate, if selected. The stipend should be sufficient to provide for a minimum standard of accommodation and subsistence in The Hague and should be set at a level that ensures that trainees can benefit fully from their experience at the Court without the burden of financial hardship. The Traineeship is not a self-funded internship and candidates without adequate financial support through their sponsoring university will not be eligible. The Court will facilitate visas if necessary and provides working facilities, but it does not provide financial support.

Method of Application:

  • Universities are encouraged to nominate one or more graduate student(s) from their school.
  • Applications should be submitted by e -mail to [email protected]. For further information, please contact the Deputy-Registrar of the ICJ at the above address.

Visit Scholarship Webpage for details

Scholarship Application Deadline: 8th February 2019.



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