The Judicial Fellows Program is intended to give recent law graduates experience working at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Candidates are nominated and sponsored by universities from which they have graduated.

The aim of the program is to improve participants’ understanding of international law and of the Court’s procedures by actively involving them in the work of the Court and allowing them to gain experience under the supervision of a judge. Each participant is assigned to one judge for a period of around ten months, from early September to June/July of the following year. During this period, participants can expect to attend public hearings of the Court, research and write memorandums on legal questions or factual aspects of pending cases, and have some involvement in other aspects of the Court’s work, the particulars of which will depend on the Court’s docket and the working methods of the judge to whom they are assigned. Work may also involve assisting the judge with conferences, speeches and other duties. Participants will work alongside an associate legal officer, who is the primary legal assistant of each judge and is employed by the United Nations for a period of two to four years.

The program is highly selective. The Court accepts up to 15 participants a year, generally with no more than one from each nominating university. 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.

The official languages of the Court are English and French, and participants must have excellent reading, writing and oral skills in at least one of these. A working knowledge of the second official language is an asset.

Georgetown law expects to nominate up to four candidates for the Court’s consideration in 2021. The Court will make the final selection from among the nominees of all the nominating schools. If one of the Georgetown candidates is selected, Georgetown will provide the successful candidate with funding in the amount of $40,000 to cover living costs, health insurance, and travel.

Although the Court does not provide a deadline by which they notify candidates of their selection, notification is usually provided by mid-April.

Eligibility

This fellowship is open to JD and LLM students graduating in February or May 2021, as well as 2018, 2019 and 2020 JD and LLM graduates. To be eligible, candidates should be 31 years of age or younger at the time the program begins. This requirement may be waived in special circumstances. In making its selection, the Court seeks candidates of diverse nationalities. Applicants must have excellent proficiency in one of the Court’s official languages (French or English) and a very good working knowledge of the other (speaking and writing). They must also have an excellent overall academic record as well as an excellent academic record in public international law, with strong research and writing skills.

Application Process

To apply, please email your application materials (see below) in pdf format to 2021_Ap.eatkm73g8jp98e7r@u.box.com on or before January 25. Please be sure that all documents are clearly labeled with your name. If submitting multiple documents, please use an additional identifier: i.e. JohnSmithApplication.pdf, JohnSmithResume.pdf, etc.

Required materials:

  • 2021 Application Form Candidates are strongly encouraged to fill in the application form as comprehensively as possible.
  • 2021 Summary Table The summary table should be limited to one page and should highlight the most relevant and important information. Candidates may present this information in list form.
  • A writing sample of no more than 15 typewritten pages that has been submitted for publication or is of publishable quality.
  • Two or three letters of recommendation from an individuals who can speak to your credentials in the field of international law.
  • Current official Georgetown transcript. Students do not need to request or upload a transcript. OTP will obtain transcripts directly from the Registrar for nominees.

Cover letters and letters of recommendation should be submitted with all other application materials, but may be addressed to the Court as follows:
Jean-Pelé Fomété, Deputy Registrar
International Court of Justice
Peace Palace 2517 KJ
The Hague, The Netherlands

A Georgetown Law committee will select up to four candidates to nominate to the Court. Candidates selected for nomination will be notified in early February. Application materials for selected candidates will be submitted to the Court directly by Georgetown Law.

Funding

Georgetown Law will provide $40,000 in funding to the individual selected by the Court. That individual is responsible for making all personal and practical arrangements such as travel, visa, accommodations, and medical and other insurance and must certify that he/she has obtained medical insurance that provides coverage in The Netherlands for the duration of the fellowship.

LRAP and Tax Implications

Please note that given the nature of the fellowship arrangement, this is not considered eligible employment for coverage under Georgetown Law’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) and, under commonly prevailing interpretations of the relevant current regulations, is unlikely to be considered qualifying employment by the US Department of Education for purposes of Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

Any recipient (regardless of citizenship) will be treated as a “supplier” receiving a stipend from Georgetown University and will be required to complete tax forms for registration purposes. US tax withholding will likely apply to US citizens and US permanent residents; non-US citizens will likely be subject to the tax requirements of their home country.

Questions

For more information about this opportunity, please contact: Professor David Stewart

For administrative questions please contact: Cara Morris, Executive Director, Transnational Programs

For assistance preparing your application materials, contact any of the following:

LL.M. Students and Graduates: Caroline Springer, Assistant Dean, Graduate Career and Professional Development, Office of Graduate Programs

J.D. Students and Graduates: Nicole Vikan, Associate Director, Public Interest &Government Careers, Office of Public Interest and Community Service; or Marilyn Tucker, Director, Alumni Careers and International Internships, Office of Career Services