The RLO supports the Registrar in the legal aspects of the functions he performs under the Rome Statute, Rules of Procedure and Evidence, Regulations of the Court, Regulations of the Registry, Financial Regulations and Rules, Staff Regulations and Rules and other legal instruments governing the ICC.
The RLO's advisory role covers both the ICC's judicial functioning where the Registry is involved - such as in matters related to witnesses, detention of the accused, victim participation, and legal aid - and legal matters affecting the ICC as an international organisation - such as privileges and immunities, relations with States and other international organisations, and its administration. In performing this dual role, the RLO is responsible for ensuring the quality, uniformity and consistency of legal positions across the various Registry divisions, units and sections; coordinating an internal legal network comprised of all the lawyers across the Registry; and providing legal advice to its clients. The RLO also advises the Registrar in staff litigation, including before the International Labour Organization's Administrative Tribunal.
The RLO provides a broad range of legal services including drafting, negotiating, advising and litigating. It combines a commitment to legal excellence with a result-oriented and policy-friendly approach in delivering legal services. Because of the diversity of matters on which it advises, it operates as a dynamic and multifaceted international law practice in anticipation of and in response to client requirements.
The RLO is headed by the Legal Counsel.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Provides assistance regarding complex legal matters arising under public international law, international criminal law, international administrative law and international institutional law affecting the Registry and the Court more broadly and encompassing assistance with, amongst others, litigation, advice, research and analysis, in one or more of the following areas: administrative issues, judicial matters and external relations.
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