Assistant Lawyer at the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights

Deadline: 11 March, 2015
Open to: candidates with higher degree in law obtained in Macedonia, thorough knowledge of the Macedonian legal system, knowledge of constitutional and international law and fluent in Macedonian (mother tongue level)
Remuneration: can be consulted on CoE recruitment website

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. The location of the position is Strasbourg, France.

The 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.

Key Activities

Under the authority of the Registrar of the European Court of Human Rights and of a Head of a Division, the incumbent will be responsible for the following:

  • examines and deals with applications in prima facie inadmissible cases and in cases which can be dealt with in a standard manner
  • drafts decisions, minutes, reports, notes and other documents;
  • advises applicants, in correspondence or, if necessary, in interviews, on the conditions of admissibility of applications;
  • attends the Court’s sessions and presents applications;
  • assists one or more experienced case-lawyers, where necessary, in the preparation of Chamber cases for examination by the Court.

Only applicants who best meet the following criteria will be considered for shortlisting.


  • Higher education degree in law obtained in Macedonia, permitting access, either on the basis of qualifications or after passing a competitive examination, to the judicial administration or legal professions in Macedonia (at least Bachelor level);
  •  thorough knowledge of the Macedonia’s legal system and ability to handle cases arising in other jurisdictions;
  • knowledge of constitutional and of international law.

Experience: After having obtained the relevant higher education degree in law, at least 6 months of professional experience acquired in the legal field (preferably in the judicial service) in the “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” or in international Organisations. 

Language requirements:

  • very good knowledge of one of the two official languages of the Council of Europe (English, French) and ability to draft legal texts therein clearly and precisely;
  • excellent knowledge of Macedonian (mother tongue level).

Professional and technical competencies: ICT skills: ability to use current ICT tools; planning and work organisation; interpersonal skills: team work and co-operation; personal attitudes: initiative, sense of responsibility, concern for quality, efficiency and accuracy; personal values: integrity, loyalty and conscience; discretion; independence and confidence; respect for diversity; commitment to the judicial independence of the Court.

How to Apply?

Applications must be made in English or French using the Council of Europe on-line application system.  By connecting to the COE website you can create and submit your on-line application.  Applications must be submitted at the latest 11 March 2015 (midnight Central European Time). The selection procedure consists of a shortlisting based on candidates’ applications and may include a job related written exam, situational exercises, language tests and/or interviews.

Only candidates who best match the requirements of the job vacancy will be shortlisted and invited to test or a written exam. Tests or written exams will be eliminatory, and only candidates who succeed in the tests will be invited for interview. Depending on the number of applicants, the length of the professional experience considered for shortlisting may be increased from that indicated in the vacancy notice.

The first two years of employment will constitute a probationary period. Provided the staff members’ work is considered satisfactory, they may be offered a contract of fixed term duration. The total length of employment under the Junior Professionals Programme/Assistant Lawyers’ scheme at the European Court of Human Rights will not exceed four years. The staff member so recruited shall not be eligible for any subsequent internal competition, promotion or transfer to a post, or for secondment.

Details on conditions of employment including salaries, allowances, pension scheme and social insurance can be consulted on the recruitment website. Deadline for applying is 11 March, 2015

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