European Court of Human Rights (Strasbourg) – Assistant Lawyer, Ireland or United Kingdom

Are you a young law graduate who wants to gain experience in an international Organisation working for human rights, democracy and the rule of law? Do you want to help the European Court of Human Rights to ensure respect for the human rights of 700 million Europeans? Are you interested in dealing with applications alleging violations of the rights set out in the European Convention on Human Rights interests you? If so, this Programme may be the good opportunity for you.

Who we are
With over 2200 staff representing all its 46 member States, the Council of Europe is a multicultural
Organisation. We all strive towards protecting human rights, democracy and the rule of law and our three
core values – professionalism, integrity and respect – guide the way we work.

The European Court of Human Rights oversees the implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights in the member States. Individuals can bring complaints of human rights violations to the Strasbourg Court once all possibilities of appeal have been exhausted in the member State concerned. See the Court’s website for information about its activities.

The Council of Europe has its headquarters in Strasbourg (France) and has external presence in more than twenty countries.

As an Assistant Lawyer, you will assist more senior members of staff in the preparation of correspondence with applicants and draft decisions in standard form cases. You will:
– examine and deal with applications in prima facie inadmissible cases and in cases which can be dealt with in a standard manner;
– draft decisions, minutes, reports, notes and other documents;
– advise applicants, in correspondence or, if necessary, in interviews, on the conditions of admissibility of applications;
– attend the Court’s sessions and present applications;
– assist one or more experienced case-lawyers, where necessary, in the preparation of cases for examination by the Court.

The Junior Professional Programme opens the Council of Europe’s doors to people at the start of their career, giving them an opportunity to gain experience working with this pan-European institution. At the Court, you will benefit from regular working contact with staff members, assist senior colleagues with their daily work and benefit from the Council of Europe’s training programme, as well as deepening your knowledge of the Organisation. The length of employment of Junior Professionals is limited to a maximum of four years under this scheme.

What we offer
If successful, you may be offered employment based on renewable fixed-term contracts for a maximum cumulated duration of four years at grade B3. You will receive a basic monthly gross salary of € 4 107 which is exempt from national income tax. This salary may be supplemented by other allowances depending on your personal situation. You will be benefit from the Council of Europe pension scheme, and also from private medical insurance, annual leave, and other advantages (including flexible working hours, training and development, possibility of teleworking, etc.).

Applications and selection procedure
The deadline for applications is 12 February 2024 (midnight Central European Time). Applications must be made in English or French using the Council of Europe online application system. You can create and submit your online application on our website ( Please fill out the online application form providing all requested details and explain how your competencies make your profile the best for this role. It usually takes a few hours to fill in an application form, so please take this information into consideration while applying.

Only applications that best meet the criteria set out in the Staff Rules and in this vacancy notice, and that demonstrate the best profile in terms of qualifications, experience, and motivation, shall be considered for the next stages of the recruitment evaluation process, which may consist of different types of assessment. The tentative dates for each stage of the recruitment process will be published on our website.

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