Who we are
With over 2200 staff members representing all its 46 member States, the Council of Europe is a multicultural Organisation. We all strive towards protecting human rights, democracy and the rule of law and our three core values - professionalism, integrity and respect - guide the way we work.
The European Court of Human Rights oversees the implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights in the member States. Individuals can bring complaints of human rights violations to the Strasbourg Court once all possibilities of appeal have been exhausted in the member State concerned. See the Court’s website for information about its activities.
The Council of Europe has its headquarters in Strasbourg (France) and has external presence in more than twenty countries. See here for more information about the Council of Europe external presence.
As a Lawyer, you will:
- manage a certain number of case-files in accordance with the European Convention on Human Rights and the Court’s procedures:
- examine and deal with applications lodged with the Court in accordance with the general time-limits, internal guidelines and specific country-management meetings instructions;
- maintain correspondence with the applicants and, where appropriate, with Governments and third parties;
- prepare case-files for the examination by a Judge-rapporteur and for submission to the Court;
- ensure legal analysis;
- attend the Court's sessions and present cases;
- draft judgments, decisions, minutes, reports, notes and other documents;
- undertake studies and research relating to the case-law of the Court and national law;
- analyse and distribute information concerning the Court’s case-law.
- advise and report to a Senior Legal Adviser: report on the results achieved, on further requirements, risks and opportunities of developments or events;
- communicate in matters concerning the case-files:
- ensure that all those concerned are informed appropriately;
- maintain contacts with counterparts.
- promote the values of the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights internally and externally.
What we are looking for
- hold a higher education degree or qualification equivalent to a master’s degree (2nd cycle of the Bologna process framework of qualifications for the European Higher Education Area) in law obtained in North Macedonia permitting access, either on the basis of qualifications or after passing a competitive examination, to the judicial administration or legal professions in North Macedonia;
- after having obtained the relevant university degree in law, have at least two years of professional experience acquired in the legal field (preferably in the judicial service) in North Macedonia or in international Organisations;
- have an excellent knowledge of Macedonian (mother tongue level);
- have very good knowledge of one of the two official languages of the Council of Europe (English or French) and knowledge of the other;
- have the ability to draft legal texts clearly and precisely in English or French;
- be a citizen of one of the member States of the Council of Europe and fulfil the conditions for appointment to the civil service of that state;
- have discharged any obligation concerning national service (military, civil or comparable);
- not be the parent, child, stepchild or grandchild of a serving staff member of the Council of Europe;
- be under the age of 65 years.
Demonstrate to us that you have the following competencies:
- Professional and technical expertise:
- thorough knowledge of the legal system of North Macedonia and ability to handle cases arising in other jurisdictions;
- knowledge of constitutional and international law.
- Drafting skills
- Analysis and problem solving
- Concern for quality
- Planning and work organisation
- Teamwork and co-operation
- Learning and development
These would be an asset:
- Decision making
- Results orientation
What we offer
In Strasbourg, you will receive a basic monthly gross salary of €5 536 (grade A1) or €7 074 (grade A2) which is exempt from national income tax.
The deadline for applications is 29 February 2024 (midnight Central European Time).
For more information on how to apply, please click the apply button.