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United Nations

A word from leavinglaw

The United Nations (UN) offers a wide variety of work for lawyers in many different countries. This can include legal advisors for the UN in Geneva or New York; advising governments on judicial reform; training and advising judiciaries on legal issues, long-term education and legislative reform; advising on the implementation of legal aid structures; working in conflict environments; courtroom prosecutions of human rights violations etc.

The UN Human Resources website (see below) lists international job vacancies under 'occupational groups' - 'legal affairs'. Applications can be submitted on-line. Salaries for professional staff are set by reference to the highest-paying national civil service - that being the USA - and can actually be looked up on the UN salaries, allowances, benefits and job classification website:


The UK Mission to the UN is in fact also located in New York, and lists its own job vacancies, but these tend to be consular or diplomatic postings:


United Nations Human Resources
Second Avenue
New York
N.Y. 10017
Tel: +1 212 745-9200
Fax: +1 212 745 9316
Email: estaffing@un.org
Link: http://www.jobs.un.org

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Whilst every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of this information at the time of posting, the information is intended as guidance only. It should not be considered as professional or legal advice.

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