Project Officer - Research Project "Length of Proceedings"

Project Officer - Research Project "Length of Proceedings"


The International Nuremberg Principles Academy (Nuremberg Academy) is a non-profit foundation dedicated to the promotion of international criminal law and human rights. It was established by the Federal Republic of Germany, the Free State of Bavaria, and the City of Nuremberg in 2014.
The Nuremberg Academy is located in Nuremberg, the birthplace of modern international criminal law. Conscious of this historic heritage, the Nuremberg Academy supports the fight against impunity for universally recognized core international crimes: genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression. Its main fields of activity include providing a forum for dialogue by convening conferences and expert meetings, conducting interdisciplinary and applied research, engaging in specialized capacity building for practitioners of international criminal law, and human rights education. Dedicated to supporting the worldwide application of international criminal law, the Nuremberg Academy promotes the Nuremberg Principles and the rule of law with a vision of sustainable peace through justice, furthering knowledge, and building capacities of those involved in the judicial process in relation to these crimes.

The Academy is now seeking to recruit a

Project Officer

with a special focus on working on the research project
“Length of the Proceedings at the International Criminal Court”

The successful candidate will have demonstrated knowledge of international criminal law and procedural law, preferably also from previous work experience at or with international courts. He/she will also have experience in conducting research and in project management, preferably in an international environment. The successful candidate will have strong analytical and organizational skills and will be a member of a highly motivated, international and interdisciplinary team. The successful candidate will work closely with the Senior Officer(s) and contribute to the below mentioned research project as well as to other projects.

On 26 June 2018, the German Parliament adopted a resolution (reference 19/2983) in which it requested the Federal German Government to initiate an investigation about the International Criminal Court (ICC). According the paragraph 4 of this resolution, the government is requested to conduct an analysis of the trials held by the ICC so far to identify the reasons for the “disproportionate length of the proceedings” and to make proposals for expediting proceedings.

Based on this resolution the Nuremberg Academy, together with the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg is conducting a research project. The Project Officer will – amongst other tasks – be guided by the responsible Senior Officer for International Criminal Law of the Nuremberg Academy in the implementation of this research project.

The Project Officer will be responsible for e.g. the following tasks:

  • Conduct background research, compile literature reviews and mappings
  • Engage in project development
  • Write and edit project documents, research briefs, and reports
  • Liaise with project partners and conference participants
  • Report regularly to the team of the Academy
  • Organize conferences, workshops and events
  • Carry out various project-related and administrative tasks
  • Carry out other activities as agreed within the Academy or assigned by the Director or Deputy Director


  • Advanced degree (minimum Master degree) in law, social sciences or political science
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in project work, ideally in project management (development and reporting on projects in the field of procedural law research at a tribunal, an academic, non-governmental or research institution)
  • Or a minimum of 2 years of research or project management experience in international institutions
  • Demonstrated knowledge of International Criminal Law
  • Proven academic and drafting skills, preferably demonstrated through publications in the field of social sciences or law
  • Advanced research skills for qualitative/quantitative research. This may include various computer skills (word processing and databases - in particular, a proven knowledge of Microsoft Office) and knowledge of statistical analysis
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to understand tasks and instructions, critical thinking, initiative and ability to work independently
  • Languages: Fluency in English with proven writing and editing skills; a good knowledge of French (written and spoken) would be a strong asset, the ability to work in German or in another UN languages would be an advantage

The Academy promotes equality of opportunity. We offer a contract for two years at salary level E 11 (initial gross annual salary of app. 42.000 €/46.000 € depending on relevant previous experience) of the Collective Agreement applicable to the German Public Service (TVöD Bund) and 30 days of paid leave. The contract will include a six month probationary period.For further information please contact

Please send complete applications including cover letter, CV and three referees to by 31 January 2020.

References will be sought directly from the referees at any stage of the selection process. Referees could be contacted to verify the authenticity of the information of the successful candidate.