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Council of Europe Recruitment: 3 Positions


The Council of Europe is the leading international organization which focuses on protecting human rights, democracy and rule of law in Europe. Founded in 1949 in order to promote greater unity between members, the organisation consisting of 47 current member states is seeking applicants for a number of vacant positions.

Human Rights – Lawyer

The successful candidate will manage the activities of the Department of the Execution for the Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights in accordance with the Department’s usual procedures and in compliance with general guidelines and priorities.

Duties and Responsibilities

The main responsibility lies in managing a number of cases forwarded by the European Court of Human Rights to the Committee of Ministers for supervision of their execution. What is more, it includes preparing documents which comprise the legal assessments required for Committee of Ministers “Human Rights” meetings (memoranda, draft decisions, and summaries of the meeting proceedings).

Preparing information documents, summaries, studies and reports is expected, for the attention, in particular, of the Director General of Human Rights and Rule of Law, the Director of Human Rights and the Head of the Department. Also, the Human Rights Lawyer will take part, on request, in technical co-operation activities which may involve missions and will contribute actively to the performance of other specific tasks of the Department.


First of all, the applicant must have one of the nationalities of the 47 Council of Europe member states; this implies the excellent knowledge of one of the official languages, English or French and good knowledge of the other. Moreover, it is highly desired that the lawyer is able to express oneself clearly, concisely and convincingly orally and in writing.

In order to be eligible for this position, the applicant must have higher education degree or qualification equivalent to a master’s degree in law.

From the experience point of view, the candidate ought to have at least for years of professional experience in the legal and judiciary field not only in his/her own country, in International Organisations or at the European Court of Human Rights, or at the Department for the Execution of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights, but should also have a good knowledge of the legal systems of one or more of the following Member States: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Moldova, Montenegro, “The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine and Russian Federation.

The available position is located in Strasbourg and the applications due date is the 23rd of February 2017.

Project Linguistic Assistant

The incumbent will assist with the implementation of the European Union under the authority of the Head of Office and under the supervision, Directorate General Human Rights and Rule of Law of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and the Department of information Society and Action against Crime.

Duties and Responsibilities

In order to contribute to the efficient functioning of the office, the applicant must provide logistical and secretarial assistance to the project team in the planning, organisation of the project activities and is supposed to look into work or activities in progress and report to the supervisor, especially when a problem occurs.

As a Project Linguistic Assistant, the aspirant has the task of making translations, spelling and grammar checking and will be interpreting consecutively during meetings between consultants and representatives of beneficiary or partner institutions in the Republic of Moldova.

The circulation of pertinent information and documents among the project team and the Office is also necessary.


Concerning eligibility, it is imperative that the aspirant has the nationality of the host country or one of the 47 Council of Europe member states. Therefore, excellent knowledge of Romanian and very good knowledge of English is required. Knowledge of French consists a great advantage.

The successful applicant should have at least two years of relevant professional, such as translation and interpretation.

The vacant position is located in Chisinau and the applications due date is the 28th of February 2017.


The applicant, under the general authority of the Registrar of the Court and of the Head of a Legal Division of the Registry, manages case-files in compliance with the working methods, practices and procedures of the Court.

Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent’s duty is to manage a certain number of case-files in accordance with the European Convention on Human Rights and the court’s procedures, such as ensuring legal analysis, drafting judgments, decisions, minutes and reports, preparing case-files for the examination by the Judge-rapporteur and for submission to the Court.

The successful applicant will attend the Court’s sessions and present cases. The position also implies advising and reporting to the Head of Division: reports on the result achieved, on further requirements, risks and opportunities of development or events.


It is compulsory that the candidate has the nationality of one of the 47 Council of Europe member states. Another requirement is the very good knowledge of Dutch and of one of the official languages of the Council of Europe. The applicant should be able to draft legal texts clearly and precisely in English or French.

Higher education degree in law obtained in Belgium permitting access to the judicial administration or legal professions in Belgium is also a must.

Moreover, at least two years of professional experience acquired in the legal field (preferably in the judicial service) in Belgium or in International Organisations is very important.

The vacant position is located in Strasbourg and the applications due date is the 28th of February 2017.

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