New Zealand Law Society - International Legal Adviser - Wellington

International Legal Adviser - Wellington

  • Fixed term 3 year contract or secondment; option for 12 months
  • Support New Zealand's trade priorities, negotiating activities and international litigation.
  • Take an active role in New Zealand's trade agenda at a critical time

The Legal Division in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is looking to hire experienced legal advisers to contribute to New Zealand's trade and economic growth agenda. This is a fixed term 3 year contract or secondment while our current staff member is posted offshore. We would also like to hear expressions of interest from you if you are interested in a shorter fixed term 12 month contract or secondment.

Mō mātou - About us

Our people represent New Zealand on and offshore, and in doing so make New Zealanders safer and more prosperous. By building connections with and influencing other countries and international institutions, we advance New Zealand's interests and pursue New Zealand's values. We provide advice to the Government on the implications for New Zealand of what is happening in the world.

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role

Reporting to the Manager of the Trade Law Unit, these roles provide legal and policy analysis that supports New Zealand's trade priorities, negotiating activities and international litigation.
You will be actively involved in New Zealand's trade agenda at a critical time due to the impacts of COVID-19, the numerous negotiations under way, the challenges facing the international rules-based system and an increasing number of issues at the interface of domestic law and international trade law.

The successful candidate or candidates will need to have appropriate legal qualifications (including the professional legal studies course) and at least 3 years professional experience relevant to the Unit's varied trade and legal work.

Mā‎ wai te mahi nei? - We are looking for applicants who can:

  • Provide timely, strategically sound and accurate legal analysis drawing on relevant jurisprudence where appropriate in support of our trade agenda.
  • Contribute to and lead certain aspects of the negotiations of international trade agreements.
  • Contribute to the Unit's international litigation work as necessary.
  • Demonstrate strong planning and organising skills with proven success delivering results.
  • Work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Exercise sound judgement, an openness to learning and a collaborative approach to problem solving.

Me pēhea te tuku tono - To Apply

We want our people to reflect the diversity of New Zealand and the communities we represent - valuing and respecting the contributions of staff with diverse backgrounds, experiences, skills and perspectives. We value the transferable skills and points of view that both career and life experience bring to the table. As an employer, we are committed to a focus on leadership, talent, training and development, and flexible work options.

You must be able to obtain and maintain an appropriate NZ Government Security clearance.

Please click the following link to apply on our careers page:

For a confidential discussion please email Jo McKeagg at

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