To work in Chambers you have to have a strong personality and diplomatic skills. You might have a very good legal argument but unless you convey it in the right way, it might get lost.
As a Legal Officer in Chambers, I work directly with ICC judges and offer legal advice.
We can provide, for example, advice on how to best interpret a matter of law, or how to best express the judge’s reasoning in a decision or dissenting opinion.
Behind each Chamber, there is a team of officers who track and analyse every detail of a case.
Of course, judges have vast knowledge and experience and make their own impartial decisions.
But we are there to help them consider things from every angle.
There are so many arguments, interpretations and perspectives when considering a point of law that a large part of our job is to help the judges consider all those elements before making their decision.
We offer our full support, and the decision is theirs.
Once the judges have made a decision, we assist the judges with drafting the reasoning of the decision.
We work closely with the judges on this, and it is a crucial part of our job, as the decisions and dissenting opinions become part of case law.
I am very proud of the contribution we legal officers make. And proud to support the Judges of the ICC.