ICC International Centre for ADR: Traineeship

6 months traineeship starting on 2 January 2019. The trainee will work with the ICC International Centre for ADR (“Centre”), which is in charge of all cases filed under the ICC Mediation, Expertise, Dispute Board and DOCDEX Rules.

The Centre is separate from the ICC International Court of Arbitration (“Court”) but collaborates with the latter where needed. Together, they constitute the ICC’s Dispute Resolution Services.

Traineeship with the Centre will allow the successful candidate to incorporate a strong ADR component in his/her background of a future dispute resolver.

Tasks entrusted to the trainee include:

  • assisting the team in its daily case-management tasks:
    •  reviewing, analyzing and commenting on legal submissions in English and French;
    • drafting the correspondence of the Centre to the parties involved in the proceedings;
    • identifying neutrals to be proposed or appointed by the Centre and by its Standing Committee;
    • updating the Centre’s database of cases and neutrals;
  • research tasks for the preparation of conferences, presentations and publications,
  • translating and proofreading legal and other documents and articles,
  • other projects based on the trainee’s interests and background.

The candidate should have strong academic credentials and prior professional experience as well as demonstrated interest in alternative dispute resolution, preferably mediation. Fluency in English and French is essential. Proficiency in other languages is an advantage.

In additions to the activities with the Centre, time allowing, trainees also have the opportunity to attend sessions of the Court of Arbitration and staff meetings for the arbitration teams.


The candidate needs to still be registered as a student during the time of the traineeship. Recent graduates who are not anymore enrolled in an educational program are therefore not eligible to do a Traineeship at ICC.


Nationals from outside the European Union or Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Andorra, Monaco, or Switzerland should get an appropriate visa from the French consulate. Trainees are also required to handle their own travel/accommodation arrangements for the duration of their stay. The ICC is not in a position to provide scholarships/fellowships.

The Traineeship Programs are full-time and the average working week is 35 hours.

The Trainee will receive a monthly gratification of EUR 500.51 + meal vouchers + partial compensation of public transport costs.


Applications should be addressed in English only by email addressed to the Selection Committee (Attn. Mrs. Alina Leoveanu and Mrs. Claudia Pansa) at courtinternship@iccwbo.org, with a copy to alina.leoveanu@iccwbo.org

This should include:

  • a short CV (one page maximum focusing on the experience relevant to the Traineeship) and indicating your current studies (with expected graduation date)
  • a cover letter (no model provided), describing in a detailed way which dispute resolution classes you followed and your first professional experience(s) in relation to dispute resolution.
  • Two referees with their respective contact details (one academic referee and one professional referee who supervised you directly)
  • an academic writing sample in English (g. submitted paper during university studies)

Deadline for the applications: 15 November 2018.