Informal Meetings of Legal Advisers 
of Ministries of Foreign Affairs

Background Information

          In 1989, an initiative was taken by the Legal Advisers of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Canada, India, Mexico, Poland and Sweden to bring together the Heads of Legal Departments of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the Member States of the United Nations. As a result, informal discussions have been held among these persons at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on the margin of the meetings of the Sixth Committee of the United Nations General Assembly.

          The term "Legal Adviser" in this context is a short form for "Head of the Office responsible for International Legal Services". By this is meant the person who is responsible for international legal matters within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and for formulating instructions to the representatives of his or her country in the Sixth Committee of the General Assembly or for supervising this activity.

Miguel de Serpa Soares


The next informal meeting of Legal Advisers of Ministries of Foreign Affairs will be held as follows:

blue_arrow2 and 3 November 2015 from 3pm to 6pm, respectively.


A reception will be hosted by the New York City Bar Association in honour of the Legal Advisers' meeting on 2 November 2015 from 6:30 pm through 8:30 pm at 42 West 44th Street.

United Nations Legal Counsel Letter to the Legal Advisers

Programme of the meeting

New York City Bar Reception

 

Contacts:

Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations - Legal Adviser:

Mr. Giles Norman
Counsellor, Legal Adviser
Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations
One Dag Hammarskj÷ld Plaza, 14th floor
New York, New York 10017

Tel.: +1 (212) 848-1160
Fax: +1 (212) 848-1195
E-mail: Norman@international.gc.ca

Past Meetings

Last updated: 24 September 2015