The Registry

Employment Opportunities

Registry staff are expected to adhere to the highest standards of competence, integrity, impartiality, independence and discretion and to uphold the highest ethical values, in line with the Staff Regulations of the Tribunal and the Standards of Conduct for the International Civil Service Commission, of which the Tribunal is a member.

Vacancy announcement for the post of Registrar.

The Tribunal recruits staff in both the Professional and General Service categories.

Professional Level

General Service Level

How to apply

In addition to a covering letter, detailing interests and other relevant information, candidates are required to complete an ITLOS Personal History Form. A copy of a curriculum vitae may also be attached. 

Applications are to be sent to: 

Head of Personnel
International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea
Am Internationalen Seegerichtshof 1
22609 Hamburg

Tel.: (49) 40 35607-0
Fax: (49) 40 35607-245

Temporary Staff

The Tribunal periodically recruits temporary staff for short time periods to provide secretarial, administrative, legal or linguistic assistance during sessions and cases of the Tribunal. The working languages of the Tribunal are English and French. Interested persons are requested to submit a completed and signed ITLOS Personal History Form​​​​​​​ in English or French to personnel.

Junior Professional Officer Programme

The Tribunal has established a Junior Professional Officer programme for young professionals to serve in the Legal Office of the Tribunal’s Registry, or in other departments of the Registry, as necessary.

The programme is governed by the ‘Guidelines concerning the Junior Professional Officer Programme of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea’, as adopted by the Tribunal on 30 September 2021. Junior Professional Officers will be recruited under memoranda of understanding concluded between the Tribunal and participating States. A model memorandum of understanding between the Tribunal and a participating State can be found here.

States interested in concluding a memorandum of understanding with the Tribunal are invited to contact the Registrar of the Tribunal at