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The National & Kapodistrian University of Athens has joined a select group of leading law faculties around the world invited by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to participate in the Judicial Fellowship Programme. The Judicial Fellowship Programme was established to enable recent law graduates to gain experience working with the International Court of Justice at The Hague, sponsored by their universities. It provides an opportunity for one Athens Law School 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.


The fellowship programme is open to current graduate law students pursuing research or taught courses in the Law Faculty as well as to those who have graduated from the Faculty of Law in the past five years. There are no restrictions as to nationality. Applicants may be about to complete their graduate degrees or, in appropriate cases and after consulting their supervisor, may be seeking to intermit their studies in order to undertake the fellowship.

Applicants should (a) be 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. The Court looks in particular for candidates who have excellent results in their law studies and who have studies, published or worked in international law. 

Application Process 

If you wish to apply for the ICJ fellowship, please submit the following documents in electronic form to by Monday, 31 January 2022:

1. A letter of application describing the applicant’s background in international law and reasons for wishing to undertake the fellowship, set out as comprehensively as possible and in the form prescribed by the Court:

It must be accompanied by a summary table, limited to one page, highlighting in list form the most relevant and important information in the form prescribed by the Court:

2. A CV. Please, note that as candidates must be 31 years of age or younger at the time the programme begins, the ICJ also asks that candidates indicate their age.

3. Official academic transcripts.

4. Two or three letters of reference.

5. 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: the Registrar to recruitment, International Court of Justice, Peace Palace, The Hague, Netherlands. These documents should be included in your submission.

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