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Job Vacancies : 19 February 2020

Job Opportunity: The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is currently recruiting for Assistant Legal Advisers

Job Opportunity: The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is currently recruiting for Assistant Legal Advisers

Assistant Legal Advisers are responsible for the provision of legal advice and assistance to colleagues within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in relation to such areas of foreign policy as are assigned to them, under the supervision of the senior management of the Department’s Legal Division. Assistant Legal Advisers also liaise as appropriate with other lawyers within the Government and State legal services and with colleagues from other Foreign Ministries and international organisations. Assistant Legal Advisers may be asked to represent the Department in intra and inter–Departmental meetings, in legal fora abroad and in the preparation of legal pleadings both domestically and in international courts and tribunals. They are also involved in the management and administration of the Legal Division.

Assistant Legal Advisers typically work on a number of specialised areas, such as: diplomatic law and international privileges and immunities; international terrorism and sanctions; legal aspects of UN membership and the International Court of Justice; EU law; consular law; passport law; overseas development cooperation; extradition and mutual legal assistance; the International Criminal Court and other international criminal courts and tribunals; Ireland–UK matters; treaty law; UN human rights law; the European Convention on Human Rights. There is also a legal adviser post in Ireland’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, dealing with legal issues related to Ireland’s membership of the United Nations, to which an Assistant Legal Adviser is assigned.

Principal Duties of the Role Include:

  • The provision of legal advice;
  • Representation of the Division/Department/State at meetings in Ireland and abroad;
  • Liaising with relevant Departments, the Office of the Attorney General and counsel on the preparation and submission of pleadings in cases in which Ireland appears before international courts, tribunals and other dispute settlement fora;
  • Assistance in the management and administration of the Division;
  • Other duties appropriate to the position, as directed by the senior management of the Division.

Requirements Essential for the job:

Candidates must, on or before 14 February 2020;

  • have been called to the Bar in the State or have been admitted and be enrolled as a Solicitor in the State, and
  • have an excellent knowledge of public international law and a very good general knowledge of Irish law, and
  • have at least 3 years’ experience relevant to the position, and• be Irish citizens (as the work involves representing the State abroad).

Applications should be submitted by 12 noon on Friday 06 March 2020. Late applications cannot be accepted.

Candidate information booklet and application details can be found on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade here.