Counsel (CDI) with the Secretariat of the ICC International Court of Arbitration

Applications are invited for the position of Counsel for the team dealing principally with Germany, Austria and other European Countries.

As the institutional representative of over 45 million businesses in more than 100 countries, the International Chamber of Commerce operates with a core mission to “make business work for everyone, every day, everywhere”.

We act as the primary voice of the real economy in a range of intergovernmental organisations – from the World Trade Organisation to the UN climate process – championing the needs of local business in global decision making.

The convening power of our global network enables us to set rules and standards that facilitate over $10 trillion dollars in trade each year – as well as providing tailored products and digital services that directly address the real challenges faced by businesses operating internationally.

We also provide the world’s premier private global dispute resolution services, leveraging ICC’s unique independence, integrity and expertise.

As a leading international arbitral institution, the ICC Court attracts a growing caseload from all over the world. The cases are administered by specialised teams with knowledge and experience of the major legal and cultural traditions. Each team is headed by a Counsel and includes two or three Deputy Counsel.

Applications are invited for the position of Counsel for the team dealing principally with Germany, Austria and other European Countries. The post is based at the ICC Headquarters in Paris.

The role of Counsel involves managerial, legal and administrative tasks including:

  • Day-to-day management of a team administering a significant volume of arbitrations
  • Providing neutral advice to arbitrators and parties on procedural issues arising in the course of arbitration cases administered by the Court and its Secretariat (“Secretariat”)
  • Correspondence and telephone conversations with parties and arbitrators concerning all aspects of case administration
  • Reviewing draft arbitral awards and presenting them to the Court for scrutiny
  • Preparing memoranda (and reviewing draft memoranda prepared by Deputy Counsel) briefing the Court for its decisions
  • Participating in the sessions of the Court
  • Reviewing and processing documents filed by parties, arbitrators and others during arbitrations

Counsel will also prepare notes or articles for publication and represent the Secretariat at seminars and conferences. On occasion Counsel may be required to undertake special tasks at the invitation of the Secretary General, Deputy Secretary General or Managing Counsel.

Ideal candidates will have a postgraduate degree in international arbitration, international law or international commercial law, a legal qualification (bar admission), and a minimum of four years post-qualification relevant professional experience. Candidates must have excellent drafting and communication skills, an organized approach to work and be able to manage a team while operating as part of a larger multicultural team.

Candidates must speak and write English and German at a native level. Knowledge of an additional language is an advantage.

Terms and conditions

Estimated start date: As soon as possible
Department: Dispute Resolution Services
Contract type: CDI
How to apply: Any interested persons should send their applications by email at and specify “Court vacancy [Counsel German_CDI2022]” in the subject line of their email application.
Closing date for applications: 30 March 2022

At ICC, we make business work for everyone, every day, everywhere.

And when we say “everyone”, we mean it.

We celebrate the diversity of our people and strive to inspire acceptance, cultivate a culture where difference matters, inclusion is essential and equality of opportunity is for everyone

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