Legal Advisor AD 7

ECHA - European Chemicals Agency

Helsinki, Finland


The Legal Advisor will work in the Registry of the Board of Appeal, in particular on activities related to appeal proceedings when an appeal is brought against certain decisions of the Agency.

The main tasks of the Legal Advisor include the following:

  • Legal advice on REACH, Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) and other European Union’s legislation related to the activities of the Board of Appeal and its Registry as well as applicable procedures;
  • Supporting the activities of the Registry of the Board of Appeal, including as regards the decision-making process of the Board of Appeal;
  • Legal advice on administrative issues arising in the context of a European regulatory agency;
  • Drafting procedural documents related to appeal proceedings;
  • Checking the legal correctness of the decisions, opinions and positions of the Registrar of the Board of Appeal and proofreading the decisions of the Board of Appeal;
  • Supporting less experienced lawyers in their tasks and taking the duties of the Registrar in his/her absence.

She/he will also be responsible for other tasks related to the work of the Registry of the Board of Appeal, for example:

  • Checking implementing rules, operational procedures, guidance, templates, implementing rules and other documents supporting processes;
  • Taking charge of the development of legal databases;
  • Performing legal research, analysis and follow-up of case-law, including assessing the relevance of Court judgements and appeal decisions from other EU Agencies for ECHA’s Board of Appeal.


a) Successful completion of a full course of university studies attested by a degree, where the normal duration of university education is four (4) years or more;


b) Successful completion of a full course of university studies attested by a degree, where the normal duration of university education is three (3) years and at least one (1) year of appropriate professional experience.

Your university degree under a) or b) above must be in law, or you must also have a professional qualification entitling you to practice as a lawyer.

Only qualifications issued by EU Member State authorities or EEA authorities and qualifications recognised as equivalent by the relevant EU or EEA Member State authorities will be accepted.


To qualify for this profile, you must have at the closing date for applications a total professional experience of at least six (6) years acquired after achieving the minimum requirements stated out in 2. a) and b). At least three (3) years of your total professional experience must be relevant professional experience in the fields listed in section 1.


If you meet the eligibility criteria, you will be assessed on the basis of the following selection criteria. The candidates who are judged to be the most suitable on the basis of the selection criteria will be invited to an interview.

  • Your academic and professional qualifications and their relevance to the main areas of work listed in section 1;

Preference will be given to qualifications obtained in the following fields:

    • Union environmental or product legislation, in particular related to chemicals (REACH and BPR) or analogous legislation;
    • Administrative law governing the work of the Agency;
    • Post-graduate degree in EU law;
    • Professional training related to a legal profession (for example qualification of an attorney or judge).
  • Your professional experience: the range of fields covered, the length, type and level of work done and its relevance to the areas of work listed in section 1.

The following will be considered as assets:

  • Experience in applying EU law, in particular in relation to REACH, BPR, CLP, other chemicals legislation;
  • Experience in litigation before national and/or EU Courts;
  • Experience with administrative review procedures in the EU legal context.

The academic and professional qualifications, professional experience and experience considered as an asset must be described as precisely as possible in your application.


You can submit your application and find more information (complete vacancy notice, application form) on ECHA website

The deadline to fill in the application is 3 April 2017 at noon 12:00, Helsinki time (11:00 a.m. CET).

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