30 April 2018
- 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)
Date of entry on duty
10 May 2018
This call for applications is open for persons with citizenship of the Republic of Serbia.
The OSCE Mission to Serbia is looking for an expert on criminal law and international humanitarian law to:
deliver training for judges, prosecutors, their assistants, defence attorneys and police officers dealing with war crimes cases, tentatively at the end of May 2018;
co-edit a publication on alternative sentencing and measures and the ways in which the implementation of the existing ones can be improved; the publication will be presented during the Mission’s regional conference in Belgrade, planned for 8 June 2018, gathering authors, judges, prosecutors, and other relevant professional audience;
draft a part of a comprehensive multi-annual report on war crimes proceedings in Serbia and in the region of the former Yugoslavia, specifically an analysis of the reflections of humanitarian law jurisprudence of international criminal courts to war crimes trials in Serbia (an outline of the report was prepared in 2017).
Tasks and Responsibilities
The expert will perform the following tasks:
Deliver a training on International Humanitarian Law for the judges, judicial assistants of the War Crimes Departments of the Belgrade’s Higher Court and the Court of Appeals, deputy prosecutors and prosecutorial assistants of the War Crimes Prosecutor’s Office, police officers of War Crimes Investigation Service and defence councils dealing with war crimes cases. This task encompasses: preparation of interactive lectures/presentations in order to cover his part of relevant topics as per designed training curriculum by 20 May 2018; preparation of case study materials which will be presented to trainees for group work and problem solving by 20 May 2018; preparation of materials relevant for simulation / role play by 20 May 2018; holding two training sessions for two groups of trainees, each two and a half days long, by 7 June May 2018.
Co-edit the publication relating to the international legal standards and regional legal framework regarding alternative sentences and measures, in particular, to define the topics, select and communicate with authors, provide comments and make corrections to draft articles; together with the co-editor, review the publication and provide a written critical expert overview of the publication and introductory comments of a publishable quality by 28 May 2018; together with the co-editor, prepare the publication for printing; moderate a session related to the presentation of the publication during the regional conference to be held on 8 June 2018.
In consultation with the Mission’s project team, draft a part of an analysis of how international humanitarian law jurisprudence of international criminal courts is reflected in the war crimes trials in Serbia in comparison with the region. Based on the international standards on the existence of an armed conflict as a war crime element, the expert should present and qualify an armed conflict, and differentiate between an international armed conflict (IAC) and non-international armed conflict (NIAC) as well as present and qualify the internationalization of a NIAC and mixed conflicts. In the analysis, the expert should also present the thresholds for IAC and for NIAC.
Citizenship of the Republic of Serbia;
Advanced university degree in law;
Excellent knowledge of international humanitarian law and of relevant norms of Serbian legislation applicable to war crimes, criminal procedure law and the organization and functioning of the judicial systems in Serbia;
Excellent knowledge of jurisprudence of the courts in the region (and, in particular, the jurisprudence of the Belgrade Higher Court's and Appellate Court's War Crimes Departments') and as well of the ICTY jurisprudence;
Excellent knowledge of criminal procedure and criminal law and organization and functioning of the judicial systems in Serbia and the region of the former Yugoslavia, as well as international standards in this area;
Established contacts with legal professionals and academics in Serbia and the region;
Experience in academic research and writing/editing legal publications;
Professional fluency in English and Serbian;
Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, as well as the ability to integrate gender perspective into tasks and activities;
Ability to work with people of different nationalities, religions or cultural backgrounds and diverse views while maintaining impartiality and objectivity.
Commitment: Actively contributes to achieving organizational goals
Diversity: Respects others and values their diverse perspectives and contributions
Integrity: Acts in a manner consistent with the Organization’s core values and organizational principles
Accountability: Takes responsibility for own action and delegated work
Communication: Actively works to achieve clear and transparent communication with colleagues and with stakeholders of the Organization
Collaboration: Works effectively with others on common goals and fosters a positive, trust-based working environment
Planning: Works towards the achievement of goals in a structured and measured manner
Analysis and decision-making: Analyses available information, draws well-founded conclusions and takes appropriate decisions
Initiative-taking: Proposes and initiates new ideas, activities and projects
Flexibility: Responds positively and effectively to changing circumstances
Managerial competencies (for positions with managerial responsibilities)
Leadership: Provides a clear sense of direction, builds trust and creates an enabling environment
Strategic thinking: Identifies goals that advance the organizational agenda and develops plans for achieving them
Managing performance: Helps to maximize team performance by providing active feedback and skill development opportunities
The consultant will be employed for a period of three months (tentatively from 10 May to 9 August 2018) and will be remunerated a total amount of app. 4,800 EUR upon completion of the envisaged tasks, as follows: task 1 (1,500 EUR), task 2 (1,000 EUR), task 3 (2,300 EUR).