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The Job

The task of the Legally Qualified Member of the Board of Appeal shall include the following:

  • Examine and decide on appeals in an independent and impartial manner;
  • Respect legal principles and rules in the proceedings;
  • Act as Rapporteur for appeals after being designated by the Chair;
  • Carry out the initial analysis of the appeals;
  • Participate in the conduct of the proceedings by contributing to adoption of the procedural decisions (interventions, etc.) and by proposing procedural measures (requests for submissions, questions to the parties, etc.);
  • Participate in oral hearings;
  • Draft decisions on appeals in a timely and thorough manner;
  • Participate in decisions on internal rules for the processing of the appeals and on the organisation of the Board and its work;
  • Participate in decisions on practical instructions of procedural nature to parties.

This selection procedure will also serve for selecting alternate/additional legally qualified member(s) of the Board of Appeal (see vacancy notice for more details).


In addition to the general eligibility criteria, in order to be considered for the selection phase, candidates must fulfil the following formal criteria by closing date for applications:

  • Be a national of a Member State of the European Union or a national of the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway);
  • Have a recognised degree in law, either:

(a) Following successful completion of university studies where the normal duration of university education is four years or more giving access to postgraduate studies; or

(b) Following successful completion of university studies attested by a degree where the normal duration of university education is three years, and an additional year of relevant professional experience (this one year’s professional experience cannot be included in the postgraduate professional experience required below).

If the university degree is not in law, then the candidate must possess also a professional qualification entitling the candidate to practice as a lawyer.

  • A minimum of 12 years' professional experience in the legal field (acquired following the award of the university degree), at least five of which have been acquired in EU law or at least five years of which are related to judicial or similar experience in an international and/or a national Court or an appellate body comparable to the Board of Appeal;
  • Have a thorough knowledge of one of the official languages of the European Union and a satisfactory knowledge of at least one other official language of the European Union to the extent necessary for the performance of their duties;
  • At the deadline for applications, candidates must be able to complete the full five-year mandate in accordance with Article 47(a) of the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Union before reaching retirement age. For temporary staff of the EU entering the service as from 1 January 2014, retirement age is defined as being the end of the month in which the person reaches the age of 66.

Please consult the Official Journal OJ C 205/16 of 19/06/2020 ( for the full vacancy notice for the comprehensive list of eligibility and selection criteria.

How to Apply

To complete the application, the candidates need to send a CV and a letter of motivation to the following email address:

The closing date for submissions of applications is: 14 August 2020, 12.00 noon Brussels time.

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