Thu, Mar 14, 2024

12 PM – 2 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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Join us on Thursday, March 14th for a special event with Legal Counsel of the U.N with Miguel de Serpa Soares.
Food Provided (Must RSVP)


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Miguel de Serpa Soares

Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel

United Nations

Miguel de Serpa Soares was appointed the Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel in September 2013.  He oversees the Office of Legal Affairs, the overall objectives of which are to provide a unified central legal service for the United Nations. Mr. Serpa Soares has also been designated Focal Point for UN-Oceans, an inter-agency mechanism to strengthen and promote coordination and coherence of United Nations system activities related to ocean and coastal areas. He was also appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as Secretary-General of the Intergovernmental Conference on an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction. He is also Special Adviser to the Presidents of the United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14.

Mr. Serpa Soares has extensive experience of legal and international affairs, having represented his country in various bilateral and multilateral international forums, including the Sixth Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, the Committee of Public International Law Advisers of the Council of Europe and the International Criminal Court’s Assembly of State Parties.

Before taking up his current position, Mr. Serpa Soares was Director General of the Department of Legal Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Portugal from 2008.  Earlier in his career, he acted as Legal Adviser to the Permanent Representation of Portugal to the European Union, Brussels (1999-2008) and as Chef-de-Cabinet of the Deputy Minister for Infrastructure and Territorial Administration, in charge of Maritime Affairs. He is a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration.


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