Purpose of the job:
Under the authority of the General Counsel, and in cooperation with other members of the Legal Service, to provide appropriate advice on all legal matters relating to the Bank’s activities to the Board, Management, departments and services of the Bank, with a view to ensuring that the Bank acts with due respect for the rule of law at all times; to develop appropriate legal structures to support the Bank’s operations; to assure the provision, from time to time and on an ad hoc basis, of legal research and assistance to the central banking community on issues of interest to the Bank and to central banks with a view to fostering international legal cooperation and to promoting financial stability.
• Provides legal advice and guidance at all levels of the Bank in all matters concerning the legal structure and texts governing the Bank, its staff, and the conduct of its operations, with due regard for the Bank’s special status as an international organisation
• Provides legal advice and assistance to prevent and, when necessary, defend and settle disputes and litigation involving the Bank and, where appropriate, retains and directs outside counsel in this connection
• Establishes and/or maintains appropriate contact with public authorities and international institutions in Switzerland and in other countries regarding the status of the Bank and all legal matters relating to its activities
• Participates in the activities of committees and working groups and conducts legal research in areas of interest to the Bank and to the central banking community
• Master’s level law qualification or equivalent.
• Ability to work independently on technically complex files
• Analytical skills
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills
• Excellent English drafting skills; knowledge of German/and or French would constitute an advantage
• At least 5 years’ experience as an attorney, preferably with a central bank and/or international financial institution in the public or private sector
• International experience in legal issues relevant to the operations of central banks and/or international institutions
The BIS is fully committed to equal opportunity employment and strives for diversity among its staff.