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The Judicial Fellows Programme of the International Court of Justice


Application Deadline: January 17, 2020

Fellowship Description and Application Form


The Judicial Fellows Programme of the International Court of Justice is intended to give recent law graduates experience working as a clerk at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague. The program is highly selective and is awarded to a few of the most outstanding legal scholars worldwide.

Candidates are nominated by Penn Law in February of each year and are selected by the Court on a competitive basis. If selected by the Court, the clerk is assigned to work for one Judge for the duration of ten months, September 1st to June 30th the following year. During this period, participants can expect to attend the Court’s public hearings, to research and write memoranda to the Judge on legal questions or factual aspects of pending cases, and to have involvement in the work of the Court. Penn Law JD and LL.M graduates may apply for this Fellowship in their last year of law school, or within three years of their law school graduation (2017, 2018, 2019).

A selection committee comprised of Penn Law faculty will make the decision about nominations.

The Court makes the final selection from the nominees of all the schools. Applications are reviewed by all members of the Court, and the trainees are selected by consensus. The Court accepts up to 15 trainees per year, and no more than one trainee from each nominating institution. For more information about the International Court of Justice, see www.icj-cij.org .