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International Court of Justice 
Judicial Fellows Programme 

An opportunity is available to Michigan Law final-year JDs, LLMs, and recent graduates to apply for the International Court of Justice Judicial Fellows Programme. The International Court of Justice clerkship begins in September each year and lasts for a period of 10 months (September 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022). The application deadline is  Friday, January 15, 2021 at 11:59pm.

The primary duties of the trainees will be to assist Members of the Court in their tasks, including carrying out research, preparing case files, and drafting various types of documents. 

The Law School is grateful to Bruno Simma, formerly of the International Court of Justice and professor at Michigan Law, for his invaluable assistance in making this opportunity available to our students.  

Michigan Law students selected by the Court include:

2019-2020:  Nadia Alhadi, JD '18

2018-2019:  Marcos Kotlik, LLM '18

2017-2018:  Erin Collins, JD '17

2016-2017:  Chaka Laguerre, JD '14

2015-2016:  Rosalind Elphick, LLM '15

2014-2015:  Ananda Burra, JD '14

2013-2014:  Sarah St. Vincent, JD '11

2012-2013:  Ciara Murphy, LLM '12

2011-2012:  Uzma Burney, JD '10

2009-2010:  Klara Polackova, LLM '09

2008-2009:  Ted Kill, JD '07

2007-2008:  Noam Wiener, LLM '06

2006-2007:  Marko Milanovic, LLM '06

2005-2006:  Jason Morgan-Foster, JD '05

2004-2005:  Sonia Boutillon, JD '03, and Carsten Hoppe, JD '04


Applicants must be final-year JD students or LLM students, who will complete the JD or LLM requirements in May, or recent JD or LLM graduates. Applicants must have excellent proficiency in one of the Court's official languages (French or English) and have a very good working knowledge of the other. They must have an excellent overall academic record as well as an excellent academic record in public international law, with demonstrated strong research and writing skills. They must have demonstrated an interest in international law through their studies, publications, or work experience. Completion of or enrollment in one or more courses in international law, including one of the law school's introductory courses or an equivalent, is therefore highly encouraged.

Application Process

To apply, eligible applicants must submit the following items to the Center for International and Comparative Law by Friday, January 15, 2021:

  1. A completed ICJ Judicial Fellows Programme Application Form and Summary Table (Candidates are strongly encouraged to fill in the application form as comprehensively as possible. The summary table should be limited to one page and should highlight the most relevant and important information. Candidates may present this information in list form.)
  2. Description of the applicant's level of proficiency in French and background and experience in speaking, writing and reading in French 
  3. Resume
  4. Official Law School transcript (including current study courses, i.e. those you are registered to take in Winter '21, if applicable)
  5. Two or more letters of recommendation, preferably from individuals who can speak to the applicant's credentials in the field of international law. At least one letter must be from a member of the Michigan Law faculty. Please make sure these are sent to but addressed to: Jean-Pelé Fomété, Deputy-Registrar of the International Court of Justice, Peace Palace, 2517 KJ The Hague, The Netherlands.
  6. Writing sample. Applicants are encouraged to submit work that has been submitted for publication or other work of publishable quality. The writing sample is to be limited to 15 pages in length. The Court accords significant attention to this element of the application.

Please send your completed ICJ Judicial Fellows Application Form, summary table, statement of language proficiency, resume, transcript, and writing sample electronically to Elizabeth Snook at Your recommenders should send their letters to Ms. Snook by email separately. It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure that their application is complete by Friday, January 15, 2021.

If you are a 3L or an LLM, you are strongly advised to have completed a seminar or independent research project, preferably on an international topic, and received a grade by the application deadline. A Law School selection committee will decide on the candidates to nominate to the Court. It is anticipated that the Court will make the final selection decision from among the pool of nominees in April.


The Court does not have funding for University fellowships. Michigan Law will provide a stipend to a Michigan Law student selected by the Court. Practical arrangements such as travel, visa, accommodations, and medical and other insurance are the responsibility of the candidate.


The Court accepts no responsibility for the medical insurance of fellows or costs arising from accident or illness during a fellowship. The Court requires that each fellow has medical insurance that covers them during their stay in The Netherlands. Nor will the Court be liable in the event of compensation claims by third parties in respect to any loss or damage to their property, or death or personal injury, caused by the action or omission of fellows during their fellowship.

It is also important to note that fellows will be expected to observe all applicable rules, regulations and directions of the Court. Fellows will be bound by the obligation towards the Court of loyalty, discretion and confidentiality, and will be required to make a declaration to that effect.

Please direct questions about the program to Theresa Kaiser-Jarvis, Assistant Dean for International Affairs, at

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