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International Law Attorney in New York City NY

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Date Last Verified

Mar 18,2019

Posted on

Mar 14,2019

Years of Experience

Min 2 yrs required


New York City, NY, United States
Practice Area
International Law >> International Law
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Associate Legal Officer (Temporary), P2
Duties: Conducts legal research on a diverse range of assigned issues in international law and other area(s) of specialization using multiple research sources; selects relevant material, analyzes information and presents findings for internal review; Assists Legal Officers in the review of legal documents, instruments, or other material; identifies important issues, similarities and inconsistencies, etc.; Facilitates at least one 4-week training programme in international law away from Headquarters under the Programme of Assistance in the Teaching, Study, Dissemination and Wider Appreciation of International Law, and assists in its preparation and organization, including proposing and inviting lecturers, logistical and administrative arrangements (i.e. procurement, delegation of authority), updating training materials, completing relevant reports, drafting relevant cooperation arrangements, delivering presentations during the programme, and selecting participants; Assists in the preparation of drafts of background papers, studies, reports, etc.; Assists in the preparation of legal opinions/advice on a wide range of international public issues, including the United Nations Charter, General Assembly resolutions and decisions involving, inter alia, issues relating to privileges and immunities, peace and security, institutional questions, treaty law and practice, procedural issues arising during meetings of United Nations organs, constitutional law of the Organization; Assists in the preparation of agreements and contracts with governments, NGOs and other public and private entities; Assists Legal Officers in servicing diplomatic conferences, commissions, committees and other bodies, including preparation of background materials, summaries of issues and views of delegations, etc.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in law or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with 2 additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. A first-level university degree and no experience will be accepted for candidates who have passed the United Nations Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP), the United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P). 2+ years of progressively responsible experience in public international law, including legal analysis, research and writing is required. Experience in drafting international law background papers with emphasis on the progressive development of international law and its codification is desirable. Experience in publishing articles on topics of public international law is desirable. Experience in organizing and facilitating international law training courses or seminars is desirable. English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

Posting Period: 21 March 2019

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