Secretariat of the ICC International Court of Arbitration: Deputy Counsel – Swiss Italian Team

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

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 and two or three assistants. The position is based at the ICC International Secretariat in Paris.

Candidates are invited to apply for the position of Deputy Counsel for the team dealing principally with parties from Europe, in particular from Switzerland and Italy.

The role involves both legal and administrative tasks including:

  • Reviewing and processing requests for arbitration, submissions filed by parties, and documents submitted by arbitrators
  • Preparing agendas (memoranda) briefing the International Court of Arbitration on the decisions that it is required to take
  • When Counsel is absent, replacing Counsel at sessions of the International Court of Arbitration
  • Communicating with parties and arbitral tribunals concerning all aspects of case management
  • Answering general queries about the ICC arbitration process by telephone and in writing
  • Monitoring the financial and procedural aspects of the arbitrations handled by the team.

The Deputy Counsel may also represent the Court and its Secretariat during seminars and conferences, and prepare notes or articles for publication.

Applicants should ideally be qualified lawyers (i.e. Bar exam or equivalent) with professional experience in international arbitration. However, a bar qualification is not essential if a candidate can demonstrate sufficient legal training and experience in international arbitration, international and/or commercial law.

Candidates must be well organised, have excellent written and oral communication skills and be able to work effectively in a multicultural team.

Full written and oral proficiency, inclusive of legal drafting in both English and French is essential. Proficiency in any other languages (i.e. Italian, Spanish) is an advantage.
Candidates should send their applications by email to Claudia Pansa, HR Business Partner, at and specify “Court vacancy No. [T61/2017]” in the subject line of the email.

Closing date for applications: 1st September 2017

Starting date: second half of September 2017