Secretariat of the ICC International Court of Arbitration: Counsel position – German Team

Vacancy (CDD 4 months renewable – replacement maternity leave) with the Secretariat of the ICC International Court of Arbitration

As a leading international arbitral institution, the ICC International Court of Arbitration 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 assisted by two or three Deputy Counsel and two or three secretaries or administrative assistants.

The Secretariat of the ICC Court is currently recruiting a Counsel to work with the case management team dealing principally with Germany, Austria and other European countries.

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 international arbitrations
  • Correspondence and telephone conversations with parties and arbitrators concerning all aspects of case administration
  • Analysing international arbitral awards and presenting them to the International Court of Arbitration for scrutiny
  • Preparing memoranda (and reviewing Deputy Counsel’s memoranda) briefing the International Court of Arbitration for its decisions
  • Participating in weekly committee sessions and monthly plenary sessions of the International Court of Arbitration
  • Reviewing and processing documents filed by parties, arbitrators and others during arbitrations

Counsel may also be asked to prepare notes or articles for publication, and represent the Court’s Secretariat at seminars and conferences. They may be required to undertake special tasks under the direction of the Secretary General or Deputy Secretary General of the Court.

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 German and English at a native level. Fluency in French is desirable.

Any interested persons should send their applications by email to Claudia Pansa, HR Business Partner, at and specify “Court vacancy No. [T32/2017]” in the subject line of their email application.

Closing date for applications: 14 July 2017