What is your background?
I have worked as an Assistant Lawyer at the European Court of Human Rights for 3.5 years now. My background is a domestic law degree and a master's degree in international human rights law.
What do you do?
The main responsibilities of the Assistant Lawyers at the Registry of the Court is to review newly lodged applications and sort them into those that are manifestly inadmissible and those that are forwarded to be treated by lawyers working on Chamber cases. For inadmissible applications, we prepare the internal notes for the decision by the Single Judge. We also deal with mail in connection with the applications assigned to us, as well as procedural requests, such as applications for an interim measure or for priority treatment. In some divisions, assistant lawyers also prepare communications of applications to the respondent Government and decision or judgment drafts. Finally, we have access to the Court's extensive in-house training comprising thematic workshops on Convention issues, lectures and case-fora.
What is it like living in Strasbourg?
Life in Strasbourg is comfortable and nice; the quality of life is high. Those who miss the big cities can easily take the train to Paris or to London or use the time and discover France, Germany and Switzerland – all quite close to home and easy to reach. Strasbourg being a university town, it also offers a good student life.
Why come and work at the Council of Europe?
What do I personally think should motivate others to apply for the position of an Assistant Lawyer at the Court? Interesting work in a diverse environment, a professional and respectful work atmosphere, an opportunity to learn first-hand about the Convention and its application by the Court, the possibility to get a peek into the workings of an International Organization and the politics involved and an introduction to a big group of young and motivated Assistant Lawyers from 46 other member States. It's a unique experience which I have enjoyed very much.