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.

Patricia O’Brien

The next informal meeting of Legal Advisers of Ministries of Foreign Affairs, coordinated by the Legal Adviser of the MFA of Poland, will be held as follows:

28 and 29 October 2013 from 3pm to 6pm, respectively.

A reception will be hosted by The Association of the Bar of the City of New York (ABCNY) in honour of the Legal Advisers' meeting on 28 October 2013 from 6:30 pm through 8:30 pm at 42 West 44th Street.

Programme of the meeting

New York City Bar Reception



Permanent Mission of the Republic of Poland to the United Nations - Legal Adviser:

Ms. Ewa Małys
First Secretary – Legal Affairs
Permanent Mission of the Republic of Poland to the United Nations
750 Third Avenue, 30th Floor,
New York, New York 10017

Tel.: +1 (646) 559-7573
Fax: +1 (212) 517-6771

Past Meetings

Last updated: 25 July 2013