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20/01/14: IFRC is seeking an intern

More details here:

06/01/14: The Art of Facts, A Legal Blog about Fact-finding and Armed Conflicts

A couple of months ago, Théo Boutruche launched a new blog, To be added to your favorites!

01/10/13: The International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies seeks an intern

Closure date: 7 October 2013!
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian network, reaching 150 million people each year through its 187 member National Societies.
In January 2012, the Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies issued a new Staff Regulations aiming at implementing the Staff Rules.
The Secretariat of IFRC has a Staff Association (SA) which is established under the Swiss law and closely linked to the regulations for staff. Consequently, the Constitution of the Staff Association needs to be revised accordingly. In this revision the SA wants to take a fresh look at existing processes, structures and services in order to in line with recent developments.
The role of the intern will be to support the process which is envisaged to be highly participatory and should provide opportunities for all member and international staff to feed into the process, in its various consultation.
Candidates can apply through Jobnet on the below link: or contact Klervi Congard.

19/09/13: British Red Cross is recruiting a Research Fellow - International Humanitarian Law!

All the information is here, there and in this document. Tight deadline: September, 22 2013.

14/03/13: Summer Schools

Several Universities propose Summer Schools in fields close to those of the Competition. Two examples, here and there

31/08/12: Internship offer at Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA)

Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) is looking for an intern, starting in October. Deadline for applications: September 16, 2012. all the information is in this document.

24/6/12: Vacancy at Université de Liège

Université de Liège is recruiting an assistant for the "Cellule DIH". All the information is in this document (in French only).

27/3/12: Vacancy at the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies

IFRC is recruiting a Senior Legal officer. Here is all the information. Closing date: April 10, 2012.

9/2/12: Vacancy for the ICRC's Study on Customary IHL

A new position has recently become available in the joint ICRC/British Red Cross research project up-dating the practice underpinning the ICRC's Study on Customary IHL. The position is based at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law in Cambridge, UK. Here is the recruitment advertisement. Details can also be found on-line at The Economist Website and at the British Red Cross Website.

27/01/12: Advanced Seminar in international criminal procedure, at Liege University

Liège University, together with the Liège Bar, offers a new seminar of high level in international criminal procedure. For further information, please have a look to this document (available in Frenh only).

18/01/12: ICC Internship

The Laurent Gbagbo's Defence Team in the ICC is, quite urgently, looking for an intern.
The intern will be dedicated to differents tasks, among them juridical researches, analyse of evidence, etc.
One important criteria is that the intern has to be fluent in French and understand really well English. In addition, he must have good skills in informatics.
For more information, consult the offer.

12/09/11: Colloquim announcement

Already organisers of a seminary in IHL in their University and local coaches of the participants to the Competition, four former picteists (Pauline Helinck, Fleur Collienne, Gaëlle Jullien and Vincent Guerra) organise next October 14 a Colloquim entitled: "Les victimes et la Cour pénale internationale". All details in this document (in French only).

21/07/11: Vacancy - Technical problems

Edit: 21/07/11 - Due to technical problems, it may happen that we did not receive your application. Please consider that we did not receive it until you get an acknowledgement of receipt. If you applied and did not receive such a confirmation, you have an opportunity to submit it again until July 30th.

26/06/11: Vacancy

The CCJP is currently recruiting an Administrator. Please see the job description (closing date: July 15, 2011).

17/04/11: Sad news

Hervé Dumas, Picteist 137 (1993), passed away on 4th April. The Committee for the Jean-Pictet Competition sends its condolences to his family and friends. Hervé will be remembered as a member of a team that had a great impact on the fourth edition of the Comptetion, both for its accession to the semi-finals and for its good humor. Hervé was involved in the organizing team of the 1994 Competition, and organized a "humanitarian rally" for participating teams. It was the era of the "seal in Alaska" and of a great influence of Quebec on the Pictet. Bye, Hervé!§ion=guestbook&obituaryID=20993

17/04/11: News from ADH

04/03/11: When OCHA is using Pictet experience...

Kind of mystery!
N.B. For 2011 participants: no worry, rather go and see what's going on at Ziliu's place.

02/02/11: Thank(s)!

Thanks to those who came to the Café Bizarre, in Geneva, Monday 28th February, and thanks to those that who could not come but contributed in another way!

02/03/11 : Joint Vacancy ICRC / British Red Cross (Project on Customary International Humanitarian Law)

The ICRC and British Red Cross joint Project on Customary International Humanitarian Law is seeking to reinforce its research team in Cambridge. Persons with French and Spanish language skills are particularly encouraged to apply. All relevant information, here.

28/02/11: ICRC at Geneva seeks an intern

All the relevant information is in this document. Caution: deadline for applications March 2nd!

15/02/11: TRIAL seeks a lawyer (paid, 80%)

More information in this document (in French only). Caution: very short deadline!

10/02/11: The Academic Sector of the ICRC (at the HQ in Geneva) seeks an intern

The Academic Sector of the ICRC seeks a lawyer intern for one year, starting March 1st. More détails in the job description.
Applications must be sent no later than February 14th to Vincent Sautenet, legal and communication advisor.

22/12/10: The ICRC delegation in Brussels is seeking an intern

Have a look to this document (only in French) in order to get more details.

8/12/10: Never ending story

How many picteists are hidden in these videos?

8/12/10: Position of Europe Coordinator at the Coalition for the International Criminal Court

If you are interested in this position, please click here

23/11/10: Internship

Chambers of the ICTY are looking for interns (French-speaking people). If you are interested in, please have a look to the announcement (in French only).

08/10/10: Passed away

Sadly, this week, the CCJP has been informed that two persons who have been involved in the Competition have passed away.
October 3, Professor Paula Escarameia, first woman to become a member of the International Law Commission, passed away at the age of 50. Paula was a friend of the Pictet Competition. Inter alia, she gave trainings about the negotiations of the International Criminal Tribunal Statute which she participated in. Each year, with an irresistible enthousiasm, she did the promotion of the Competition among their students of the Universidad Nova de Lisboa. She contributed a lot with passion, profesionalism and commitment to the development of Public International Law. Paula was a woman who fought for the causes she believed in! We will miss her.
During the night of 4 to 5 October, Jean-Christophe Soulier (274) who participated in the Competition in Paris in 1995 and came back as a coach of the University of Auvergne in 1999 in Greece and in 2000 in Saint Maxime, passed away at the age of 39. We remember him.

27/09/10: Preparations have started...

At UQAM, Fribourg or at Veracruzana University...

21/09/10: The Committee for the Jean-Pictet Competition is pleased to announce that Marc Morel (1972) is the new Executive Director of the Competition!

24/05/10: The Committee for the Jean-Pictet Competition is seeking an Executive Director

Click here to access the vacancy announcement.
Applications must be sent to, by July 18, 2010, at the latest!

04/03/10: News from James Cockayne (848)

James has joined the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation:

22/02/10: War games and IHL;vid=11824375

22/02/10: World Human Rights Moot Court Competition 8 and 9 December 2010, Pretoria, South Africa

In view of the positive response to the first competition, the University of Pretoria will during the week leading up to the celebrations of 10 December, present the second World Human Rights Moot Court Competition on 8 and 9 December 2010.
For more details on the 2009 and 2010 moot please see:

16/02/10: Job Offer at IFRC

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is currently seeking 2 Senior Legal Officers. More information in this document.

14/01/10: Ivo Josipovic

Ivo Josipovic, member of the jury of the 18th Edition of the Jean-Pictet Competition is the new President of Croatia.

01/01/10: Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance

The Feinstein International Center at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts offers a one-year one-year Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance Degree. The program is geared toward mid career professionals who have significant field experience in humanitarian action in an academic setting where they can further their knowledge and skills in the areas of nutrition, food policy, and economic, political, and social analyses as they relate to humanitarian action in famines, complex emergencies, and other disasters. For information on registration or the application process, contact the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at or visit their website at

22/12/09: Internship

The ICRC delegation in Brussels is looking for an intern, starting February 2010. All the information is in this document.

1/12/09: Job offer

The Commonwealth recruits, more information in this document or on

18/11/09: New Competition

To get more information, please open this invitation to take part in the first ever World Human Rights Moot Court Competition organized with the support of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the University of Pretoria (South Africa).

13/11/09 : Internship

RCN Justice et Démocratie seeks two interns/volunteers for a position of ’Assistant Technique des Programmes’ and for the Communucation Departement. (Announcements in French).

4/11/09: Job offer

UNRWA is the United Nations agency responsible for the protection, care and human development of a population of some 4.6 million Palestine refugees living in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Jordan , Lebanon and the Syrian Arab Republic. UNRWA is committed to assisting Palestine refugees in maintaining a decent standard of living, acquiring appropriate knowledge and skills, enjoying the fullest possible extent of human rights, and leading a long and healthy life. UNRWA is by far the largest UN operation in the Middle East with over 29,000 staff. Most of these staff are refugees themselves, working directly to benefit their communities - as teachers, doctors, nurses or social workers. For its international team, UNRWA is seeking to employ a qualified:
Legal Officer
This is a temporary vacancy announcement issued to cover the absence of the current incumbent for a period of one year.
Vacancy Announcement Number
Deadline for Applications
23 November 2009
Duty Station
Under the direct supervision of Chief, International Law Division, the incumbent of this position is responsible for providing international law input and advice to Headquarters and Fields on a wide range of issues, in particular operational issues arising in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, protection and access.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
· Provides legal advice on the interpretation of international law, including human rights, international humanitarian law, and UN privileges and immunities and responds to requests from Headquarters and Fields;
· Drafts and reviews reports to United Nations bodies, including the General Assembly and human rights mechanisms, to key donors and NGOs;
· Liaises with other UN Agencies and NGOs on protection issues, including through participating in UN working group meetings in the West Bank as appropriate;
· Provides legal support to the Senior Protection Coodinator, Field Protection Coordinator and Gender Adviser;
· Researches and prepares drafts of legal opinions, policies, studies, briefs, reports and correspondence on international law issues;
· Responds to requests from governments and asylum seekers’ representatives on verification of registration as a Palestine refugee with UNRWA and related issues;
· Provides support and advice on access issues.
Professional Knowledge and Experience
· A university degree in law or professional qualification in law, with specialisation in international law;
· Six years' experience as a lawyer, or legal counsellor in a national or international organisation, a teacher of law or a combination of such experience. Time spent in post-graduate studies in an international law may be counted toward the experience requirement;
· Excellent command of spoken and written English.

· Ability to negotiate effectively;
· Ability to effectively compile and synthesize information;
· Proven ability in the analysis of facts/information, the development of rigorous arguments and replies and the provision of sound advice;
· Good English drafting skills;
· Ability to progress with work independently and to participate as a member of a small team;
· Ability to communicate effectively with a range of internal and external contacts.

Desirable Qualifications
Knowledge of contemporary problems of the Middle East ; Post-graduate degree in law; Familiarity with the UN system and practices; Working knowledge of Arabic.

Additional Information
The incumbent may be required to travel in the Agency’s five fields of operations.

Conditions of Service
UNRWA offers an attractive compensation package including annual salary starting at $ 57,453 net tax free with dependants or $ 53,629 single, plus post adjustment of 45.8 %. Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include education grant, dependency allowance, home leave, pension fund, health insurance and 6 weeks annual leave. All UNRWA duty stations (with the exception of Gaza ) are family duty stations.

How to Apply
To start the application process, applicants are required to register at by creating a personal profile and completing UNRWA Personal History Form. Please note that UNRWA only accepts degrees from accredited educational institutions. Only applications received through will be considered. Due to the large number of applications received, only applicants short-listed for interview will be contacted.

General Information
UNRWA encourages applications from qualified and experienced women. UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities.
UNRWA is a United Nations organization whose staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity, neutrality and impartiality. This includes respect for human rights, for diversity, and for non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. UNRWA staff are expected to uphold these values at all times, both at work and outside. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs.
Date of issue: 28 October 2009/LM

31/10/09: Job offer

Parliamentarians for Global Action is looking for someone to cover a 6 month leave of the Senior Programme Officer at the International Law and Human Rights Programme, ICC Campaign (ratification, implementation and cooperation with the ICC) in our office in The Hague. Position is to be filled 1 December 2009. English proficiency required. French, Arabic, Spanish or Indonesian speakers preferred. Please contact former picteist for more information at

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