Chair/alternate chair Disciplinary Committee of the European Patent Office (EXT/13621)



The European Patent Office (EPO) is the second largest public institution in Europe. With headquarters in Munich, a branch at The Hague, sub-offices in Vienna and Berlin and a small bureau in in Brussels, it employs approximately 7 000 staff across all four sites and has a self-financed annual budget of EUR 2bn.


The EPO is seeking to appoint a chair and alternate chair for its Disciplinary Committee.


The Disciplinary Committee is an advisory statutory body charged with reviewing cases of alleged misconduct brought by the administration in the name of the appointing authority. The Disciplinary Committee, comprised of the chair or alternate chair and members (EPO employees appointed by the President and the Central Staff Committee in equal numbers), prepares reasoned opinions in respect of allegations against employees or former employees under the disciplinary authority of the President. The aim of the Disciplinary Committee's work is to provide the appointing authority, within statutory deadlines, with a logically solid, legally sound and well‑reasoned opinion as a basis for the final decision on the matter at stake.


Job purpose

The chair is responsible for the overall conduct of the work of the Disciplinary Committee and disciplinary proceedings, as defined in the Service Regulations for permanent and other employees of the EPO and any other applicable regulations. Over the last two years, there have been between three and five disciplinary cases dealt with each year.


The chair is guided by the mission to provide a timely, fair and independent disciplinary procedure consistent with fair trial and due process principles.


The EPO Service Regulations are available online at: www.epo.org/about-us/office/service-regulations.html.

Applicants are referred particularly to Title VII – Disciplinary Measures.


Key tasks and responsibilities/accountabilities

  • Managing all operations of the Disciplinary Committee and participating in and guiding all written and oral procedural stages of proceedings before it, up to and including the adoption of reasoned opinions.
  • Serving as presiding member of the Disciplinary Committee, in particular assuming responsibility for procedural decisions including the exchange of submissions, the setting of deadlines, the conduct of hearings, the taking of testimonies and the addressing of procedural motions as appropriate.


The Disciplinary Committee is assisted by a secretariat.


Minimum qualifications

  • Diploma of completed university studies at master's level or – in exceptional cases – equivalent professional experience.
  • Active or past appointment to high judicial office in the areas of administrative or employment law at national or international level.
  • Proven very high standards of performance.
  • Impeccable integrity and highest moral standards and authority
  • Procedures before the Disciplinary Committee can be conducted in any of the EPO's official languages (English, French and German). The suitable candidate is therefore expected to have a very good command of two of the official languages, and the ability to understand the third language would be an advantage.



The remuneration includes fees on a daily rate to cover the proceeding as well as preparatory and follow-up work. Travel expenses and daily substance will be borne by the EPO in accordance with the provisions applying to permanent employees of the EPO.


Process and timeline

The successful candidate will be appointed for a period of three years, and may be reappointed. Selection will be made on the basis of qualifications and interview(s).


For more information about this vacancy, please contact us via email to Career-Disciplinary-Committee@epo.org.











Key information



Duration of contract: 3 years

Career path: Managerial 

Location: Munich 

Application deadline: 19.02.2021

Interviews planned for: Calendar week 12-13



We welcome all applications for vacant positions. We consider each on its professional merits – regardless of your nationality, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, parental responsibilities, age, religion or belief.



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✓ Develop yourself and take on an intellectual challenge

What's in it for you?
✓ A competitive salary
✓ Family-friendly benefits
✓ A good work-life balance
✓ Relocation benefits and various allowances
✓ Contributory medical insurance and pension schemes
✓ 30 days' leave per year

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