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ProfileLegal Officer, P3 The candidate will service or assist senior colleagues in servicing diplomatic conferences, commissions, committees, expert groups and other bodies, including preparation of background materials, summaries of issues and views of delegations, meeting reports, etc. Will prepare or assist with the preparation of international law seminars and symposia, lectures on various legal issues at such events. Handles a range of issues related to constitutional, international, public, administrative, and criminal (substantive, procedural and comparative) law, including the interpretation and application of constitutive, legislative and other instruments governing United Nations activities and operations, in consultation with senior Legal Officers. Conducts extensive legal research and analysis and prepares studies, comparative studies, briefs, reports and correspondence, as requested by the General Assembly and its subsidiary organs. Undertakes basic or extensive review of legal documents, instruments, or other material; identifies important issues, similarities, and inconsistencies, etc. Prepares or assists in the preparation of drafts of background papers, studies, reports, legislative texts and commentaries on those texts, legal publications and teaching materials in the field of international law. Prepares or assists in the preparation of legal opinions/advice on a wide range of international public law issues, including the United Nations Charter, General Assembly resolutions and decisions involving, inter alia, institutional questions, treaty law and practice, and procedural issues arising during meetings of United Nations organs. Prepares or assists in the preparation of agreements with governments and other entities. Administers programmes of legal technical assistance. Provides guidance to more junior staff. Performs other duties as assigned.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in law or related area. Must have first-level university degree in combination with 2+ additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Must have 5+ years of progressively responsible experience in law, including legal analysis, research and writing. Experience in public international law at the national or international level is required. Experience in drafting international law background papers with emphasis on the progressive development of international law and its codification is required. Experience with an international organization is desirable. Experience in organizing international law training courses or seminars is desirable. Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.
Job Opening Number: 18-Legal Affairs-OLA-93673-R-New York (G)
United Nations Office of Legal Affairs
125 Worth Street
New York City, NY 10017