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 820 million Europeans? Are you interested in dealing with applications alleging violations of the rights set out in the European Convention on Human Rights? If so, our Assistant Lawyers’ scheme may be the right thing for you.
Who we are
With over 2000 staff representing all its 47 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. See the Court’s website for information about its activities.
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.
– examine and deal with applications in prima facie inadmissible cases and in cases which can be dealt with in a
– draft decisions, minutes, reports, notes and other documents;
– advise applicants, in correspondence or, if necessary, in interviews, on the conditions of admissibility of
– attend the Court’s sessions and presenting applications;
– assist one or more experienced case-lawyers, where necessary, in the preparation of Chamber cases for examination by the Court.
The Assistant Lawyers’ Scheme opens the doors of the European Court of Human Rights to you, legal professionals at the start of your career, giving you an opportunity to gain experience working within this European institution. You will benefit from regular working contact with experienced case lawyers, senior managers and the judges themselves. While dealing with individual applications originating from your own legal system and assisting senior colleagues in handling more complex applications, you benefit from the Registry’s in-house training programme and deepen your knowledge of the functioning of the European Court of Human Rights and the Convention case-law.
Applications and selection procedure
Deadline for applications is 20 February 2020 (midnight French time). Applications must be made in English or French
using the Council of Europe online application system. By connecting to our website www.coe.int/jobs you can create and
submit your online application. Please fill out the online application form providing all requested details and explain how your
competencies make you the best candidate 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 applicants who best meet the above mentioned criteria will be considered for the next stage of the competition, which
will consist of assessments and/or an interview. Further information on the assessment process will be provided to the
selected candidates in due course. The tentative dates for each stage of the recruitment process will be found on our website.
Staff members or former staff members who are or have previously been employed in the framework of the Junior
Professionals Programme or the Turnover Profiles will not be eligible again for any of the profiles under this scheme. The
Council of Europe reserves the right to assess the admissibility of candidates who are or have previously been employed
with the Organisation according to their contractual situation at the closing date of this competition.
As an equal opportunity employer, the Council of Europe welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates,
irrespective of sex, gender, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, ethnic or social origin, disability, religion or belief.
Under its equal opportunities policy, the Council of Europe is aiming to achieve parity in the number of women and men
employed at all levels in the Organisation. In the event of equal merit, preference will therefore be given to the applicant
belonging to the under-represented sex in the grade. During the different stages of the recruitment procedure, specific
measures may be taken to ensure equal opportunities for candidates with disabilities.
Find more information here.