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Legal Specialist

We are ISO, the largest developer of International Standards. We bring together experts to share knowledge and develop standards that provide solutions to global challenges. This is because we believe that great things happen when the world agrees. We have an exciting opportunity at our Central Secretariat in Geneva.

Legal Specialist


In this unique and dynamic role, you would join the ISO Central Secretariat Legal Services team comprised of two lawyers (you and the Manager, Legal Services to whom you would report). The role has a particular focus on copyright law and policy, but also involves trademark matters, contract law & negotiations, competition law, data protection and other related legal areas. A core focus of the position will be to understand and help shape

ISO Members' copyright and trademark enforcement initiatives in relation to ISO standards.

Key responsibilities

  • Advise on copyright related issues, particularly in relation to the interpretation of the policy and enforcement
  • Manage ISO/CS trademark issues and support members in their registration process
  • Manage email mailboxes under the responsibility of the Legal Services
  • Update excel sheets with various member information
  • Assist in the preparation of governance documents related to the work/mandate of the Legal Services
  • Liaise with and oversee anti-piracy service provider, including preparation of data analysis re: trends and opportunities
  • Update the wiki and member portal of the Legal Services pages
  • Provide advice and support with contract review, including management of contracts
  • Draft case studies on various matters of interest to members

Reports to Manager, Legal Services

Qualification and experience

  • 2 to 3 years of experience in, and knowledge of, copyright and trademark law
  • Experience contract law and negotiations, competition law and data protection would be a clear asset
  • Law degree or paralegal studies or equivalent is required
  • Excellent spoken and written English, including demonstrated drafting skills
  • Working knowledge of French would be an asset

Soft skills

We are looking for a candidate that has, or demonstrates the potential to develop, the following competencies:

  • To be a team player and to understand when teamwork is required to achieve the best results
  • To be analytical, to think strategically and to be results-oriented
  • To demonstrate excellent political and legal judgement
  • Ability to manage through ambiguity and develop pragmatic solutions in an international environment
  • To have a high ability to influence and negotiate
  • Ability to communicate complex matters clearly
  • To be proactive and customer focused
  • To demonstrate excellent communication and active listening skills
  • To have a professional, diplomatic and culturally sensitive work ethic

Start date: asap

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