It is the policy initiative of the Department of Justice (DoJ) to nurture legal talents through continuous provision of training opportunities including secondment arrangements with international organisations. By participating in the work of such organisations, local legal talent will expand their knowledge of the operation of international organisations, broaden their horizons through learning from international law experts, and inject a Hong Kong perspective in shaping the development of international law.

Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH)

Since December 2020, a standing arrangement has been put in place with the HCCH for seconding Hong Kong legal professionals in both the public and private sectors to the Permanent Bureau of the HCCH at The Hague, the Netherlands. This arrangement was made pursuant to an agreement concluded between the Central People’s Government and the HCCH, and a memorandum of understanding signed between the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSARG) and the HCCH on 22 December 2020.

For details concerning the secondment programme with the HCCH, please click here.

An online information session on the secondment programme was held on 28 April 2022. Please click here for the video recording of this information session (with PowerPoint Slides).

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The International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT)

In line with the above policy initiative, a standing agreement has recently been put in place with UNIDROIT for seconding Hong Kong legal professionals in both the public and private sectors to the Secretariat of UNIDROIT in Rome, Italy. This arrangement has been made pursuant to an agreement concluded between the Central People’s Government and UNIDROIT, and a memorandum of understanding signed between the HKSARG and UNIDROIT on 12 May 2021.

For details concerning the secondment programme with UNIDROIT, please click here.

An online information session on the secondment programme was held on 27 April 2022. Please click here for the video recording of this information session (with PowerPoint Slides).

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Application Procedures

Any legal professional who is eligible and interested in participating in any or both international organisations should complete the Application Form and submit it together with the required information to the Online Portal on or before 10 May 2022 (Tuesday).*

For enquiries, please contact the Department’s International Law Division by email at yentlchan@doj.gov.hk.

Other Secondment Opportunities

We shall continue to explore and discuss with other international organisations for secondment opportunities to Hong Kong legal professionals in both the public and private sectors. Updated information on other arrangements will be available at this webpage in due course.




* For legal officers in the Government, please contact your Departmental Secretary for application.