Ireland will nominate a person to the position of Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union to serve for a term of six years commencing in October 2018.

The Government has agreed to establish an expert panel to assist in identifying candidates who are qualified and suitable for the post. The panel will recommend suitable candidates for nomination by the Government in accordance with Article 253 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (TFEU). Mr Justice Nial Fennelly, a former judge of the Supreme Court and a former Advocate General of the Court of Justice will chair the expert panel.

Applications are invited in confidence from persons possessing the required qualifications as set out in Article 253 TFEU and in the Activity Reports of the Article 255 TFEU Panel, which also contain a description of that Panel’s assessment procedure and the approach to suitability used in its appraisal of candidates.

Candidates must have significant knowledge and experience of the law of the European Union and a good knowledge of written and spoken French.

Information on the terms applicable to the post, the criteria of eligibility and suitability, together with the model format of application/curriculum vitae specified for the purpose of Article 255 TFEU, is available below along with relevant reports of the Article 255 TFEU Panel. Eligible candidates may be invited to attend for interview at the discretion of the panel.

The candidate nominated by Government for the post will be interviewed by the Article 255 TFEU Panel before the representatives of the Member States decide on the appointment.

Completed applications, in the required model format, should be sent by email or post marked ‘Confidential’ by 5.30pm Tuesday 8 May 2018 to:


Ms Nicola Kelly

Courts Policy Division

Department of Justice and Equality

Montague Court,

7-11 Montague Street,

Dublin 2 D02 FT96


Email address is and contact phone number is 01 602 8617.


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