Associate Legal Officer  22127-TA
Operations, ccTLD Program, Jurisprudence, Internet Dispute Resolution Section, WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, IP and Innovation Ecosystems Sector
Grade  P2
Contract Duration  1 year *

Duty Station

 : CH-Geneva

Publication Date

 : 03-Jun-2022  

Application Deadline

 : 22-Jun-2022, 12:59:00 AM

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING APPLICATION DEADLINE:  please note that the deadline for applications is indicated in local time as per the time zone of the applicant’s location.


1.     Organizational Context


  1. Organizational Setting


Coordinating with other vertical and horizontal WIPO sectors, the IP and Innovation Ecosystems Sector (IES) is responsible for helping Member States develop their IP and innovation ecosystems to drive enterprise and economic growth. IES is also responsible for providing support for researchers and innovators, as well as enterprises, including SMEs, in IP commercialization and otherwise using IP for business growth; issues relating to the emergence of IP as an asset class; and the development of advisory expertise in these and related areas, for example, in national IP strategies.


Within IES, the position is located in the Internet Dispute Resolution Section of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, which is a resource center for the resolution of intellectual property disputes between private parties through methods other than court litigation. The Center’s areas of activity are covered by the IP Disputes and External Relations Division (comprising the IP Disputes Section, the Information and External Relations Section, and the Business Development Unit), and by the Internet Dispute Resolution Section. The Internet Dispute Resolution Section is responsible for the administration of domain name disputes filed under different policies and various related aspects of the Internet Domain Name System (DNS), as well as selected policy developments as they relate to Internet dispute resolution.

  1. Purpose Statement

As Associate Legal Officer, the incumbent provides input for the legal and organizational work of the Section by participating in the planning and supervision of the administration of Internet dispute resolution proceedings.

  1. Reporting Lines

The incumbent works under the supervision of a Senior Legal Officer and under close collaboration with Senior Legal Officers and Legal Officers in the Section.

2.      Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent will perform the following principal duties:

a.   Provide input in the assignment and supervision of work of Legal Case Managers. In consultation with Senior Legal Officers and Legal Officers as appropriate, provide guidance on issues arising in the management of cases.

b.¬†¬†¬†Participate and provide support to the Senior Legal Officers in the review of panel decisions for the purpose of inclusion in WIPO’s publicly available case-related resources.

c.   Make proposals to the Senior Legal Officers and Legal Officers on the allocation of WIPO panelists based on case requirements.

d.   Maintain relations with and provide information to users, relevant organizations and registrars on Internet dispute resolution and operational matters.

e.   Participate in internal and external seminars, workshops and training courses and deliver training and presentations on Internet dispute resolution matters.

f.¬†¬†¬†¬†Keep abreast of developments and undertake legal research on Internet dispute resolution with a view to maintaining and developing WIPO’s role in this area.

g.   Perform other related duties as required.



3.      Requirements

Education (Essential)

First-level university degree in law.

Education (Desirable)

University degree or studies in intellectual property and/or alternative dispute resolution.

Experience (Essential)

At least three years of relevant professional experience including in intellectual property law or alternative dispute resolution in a law firm and/or department or agency.

Language (Essential)

Excellent written and spoken knowledge of English.

Language (Desirable)

Good knowledge of another UN official language and/or language relevant to WIPO domain name proceedings (see

Job Related Competencies (Essential)

Knowledge of and ability to work within the policies and procedures applicable to the activities of the work unit.

Understanding of the use of information technology in the context of dispute resolution processes.

Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.

Excellent time management and work organization skills.

Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Highly adaptable to new environments, tasks and demands.

Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Competent user of databases, applications including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint and the Internet, and ability to work with and to adapt quickly to new software.

4.      Organizational Competencies


  1. Communicating effectively.
  2. Showing team spirit.
  3. Demonstrating integrity.
  4. Valuing diversity.
  5. Producing results.
  6. Showing service orientation.
  7. Seeing the big picture.
  8. Seeking change and innovation.
  9. Developing yourself and others.



5.      Information


Annual salary:

Total annual salary consists of a net annual salary (net of taxes and before medical insurance and pension fund deductions) in US dollars and a post adjustment.  Please note that this estimate is for information only.  The post adjustment multiplier (cost of living allowance) is variable and subject to change (increase or decrease) without notice.  The figures quoted below are based on the May 2022 rate of 72.2%


Annual salary ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† $49,254  
Post adjustment ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† $35,561  
Total Salary ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† $84,815  
Currency USD


Salaries and allowances are paid in Swiss francs at the official rate of exchange of the United Nations.


Please refer to WIPO’s Staff Regulation and Rules for detailed information concerning salaries, benefits and allowances.


Additional Information


Temporary appointment are renewable, subject to continuing needs, availability of budget and satisfactory performance with a maximum cumulative length of two years.

Applications from qualified women as well as from qualified nationals of unrepresented Member States of WIPO and underrepresented geographical regions are encouraged. Please click on the following links for the list of unrepresented Member States and the list of underrepresented regions and the WIPO Member States in these regions.

The Organization reserves the right to make an appointment at a grade lower than that advertised.


By completing an application, candidates understand that any willful misrepresentation made on this web site, or on any other documents submitted to WIPO during the application, may result in disqualification from the recruitment process, or termination of employment with WIPO at a later date, if that employment resulted from such willful misrepresentations.

In the event that your candidature is shortlisted, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of an identification and of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WIPO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be reviewed individually.

Additional testing/interviewing may be used as a form of screening.  Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory professional references.

Additional background checks may be required.

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