The Secretariat of the WTO is seeking to fill two positions of Dispute Settlement Lawyer to work in the Rules Division.

The details of the position are as follows.

  • Grade: 9
  • Contract Type: Fixed-term
  • Starting Salary: CHF 134,209 net per annum (approximate)
  • Application Deadline (CET): January 3, 2018
  • Division: Rules
  • Duration: Two years with the possibility of extension

General Functions

Reporting to the Director of the Rules Division or a more senior officer, the incumbents will be expected to carry out the following functions:

1. Deliver substantive legal advice and assistance to adjudicators and other lawyers and serve as team leader in less complex disputes or co-leader in complex disputes.

2. Conduct or direct research on complex substantive legal and technical as well as procedural issues arising in the context of WTO dispute settlement proceedings. Prepare or direct the preparation of written analyses and legal opinions on these and other complex and/or novel issues.

3. Deliver legal as well as substantive technical and policy advice and assistance to chairpersons of WTO bodies and negotiating groups, other WTO Divisions, the Director-General and WTO Members as appropriate on matters within the Division’s areas of responsibility, independently or as part of a team.

4. Deliver technical assistance and training on matters within the Division’s areas of responsibility. Contribute to the development and updating of training materials, internal research materials, and WTO publications.


An advanced university degree in law. A licence or eligibility to be licensed to practice law in at least one municipal jurisdiction is desirable. Studies in international trade law and public international law would be an advantage, as would studies in international economics.

Work Experience

At least eight years relevant practical work experience as a lawyer, preferably including government or private sector experience in national or international trade-related litigation and/or within international or national courts or adjudicative bodies or quasi-judicial agencies of Members. Experience in trade remedy investigations would be an asset.


Excellent English, including a demonstrated ability to write accurately, concisely, clearly and within tight deadlines. Knowledge of French and/or Spanish is desirable.

Compensation and other benefits

Click here to view the compensation package.

How to apply

Apply online by clicking here.

For official notification, click here.


This post was first published on: December 3, 2017

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