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The United Nations Legal Counsel, Mr. Serpa Soares, visited Seoul from 29 June to 2 July 2015    Learn more

The United Nations Legal Counsel, Miguel de Serpa Soares, made introductory remarks at the second of a series of expert panel discussions entitled Responsibility of States: state of play and the way forward, held at United Nations Headquarters on 15 June 2015  Learn more

OLA hosts annual meeting of Field Legal Advisers at UNHQ 17 and 19 June 2015  Learn more

Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel meeting with the 2015 United Nations-Nippon Foundation and Hamilton Shirley Amerasinghe Fellows.  Learn more

With a focus on the oceans the Legal Counsel visits Lisbon, Portugal, and Paris, France (4 to 9 June 2015) Between 4 and 9 June 2015, the United Nations Legal Counsel attended two important events in Europe which were organized to draw more attention to the importance of the oceans and the law of the sea.  Learn more

Visit by the Legal Counsel to Nuremberg, Germany (6 and 7 June 2015)  Learn more

Visit by the Legal Counsel to St. Petersburg, Russian Federation  Learn more

From 4 to 8 May 2015, the United Nations Legal Counsel, Mr. Miguel de Serpa Soares, visited Geneva where he met with the International Law Commission, and Vienna where he chaired the 2015 meeting of the Legal Advisers of the United Nations System. Learn more

Legal Counsel hosts ABA Day 2015 at United Nations Headquarters on 27 April 2015. Learn more

The United Nations Legal Counsel, Mr. Serpa Soares, visited the People’s Republic of China from 12 to 15 April 2015. Learn more

From 9 to 17 March 2015, the United Nations Legal Counsel, Mr. Serpa Soares, visited the DRC, Uganda and Mauritius. Learn more

On 23 February 2015, the Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel, Mr. Miguel de Serpa Soares, and the Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Karel van Oosterom signed an agreement. Learn more

On 7 February 2015, the Legal Counsel, Mr. Serpa Soares, opened the thirty-seventh session of the CLCS. Learn more

International Criminal Justice events at United Nations Headquarters in New York. Learn more

United Nations Legal Counsel visits Tokyo. Learn more

United Nations Legal Counsel participates in the commemoration events marking the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Learn more

United Nations Legal Counsel participates in the 2014 “international law week” at UNHQ. Learn more

United Nations Legal Counsel addresses AALCO high-level event at UNHQ. Learn more

United Nations Legal Counsel addresses the Sixth (Legal) Committee of the General Assembly at its opening meeting Learn more

United Nations Legal Counsel speaks at Lisbon University Law School. Learn more

Legal Counsel participates in 2014 UN SIDS Conference in Apia, Samoa. Learn more

Mr. Serpa Soares participates in 17 July commemoration at UNHQ. Learn more

Mr. Serpa Soares in his first interview to UN Radio (in Portuguese) on 11 July 2014. Learn more

On 7 July 2014, the Legal Counsel, Mr. Serpa Soares, opened the forty-seventh session of UNCITRAL. Learn more

For his upcoming second year in office, the United Nations Legal Counsel, Mr. Serpa Soares, decided to make ocean affairs and the law of the sea priority issues. Learn more

At the invitation of the Government of the People's Republic of China, Mr. Serpa Soares visited Beijing from 26 to 29 May 2014.   Learn more

On his first mission to Europe from 1 to 16 May 2014 Mr. Serpa Soares visited Hamburg, The Hague, Berlin, Geneva and Ljubljana. Learn more

Visit by the United Nations Legal Counsel to Cairo (Egypt), Kigali (Rwanda) and Addis Ababa (Ethiopia). From 2 to 9 April 2014, Mr. Serpa Soares went on his second mission to Africa since his appointment as United Nations Legal Counsel in September 2013.  The mission emphasizes the importance that the Legal Counsel attributes to this region and his determination to work very closely with OLA's partners in Africa over the course of his tenure. Learn more

The United Nations Legal Counsel, Mr. Serpa Soares speaks at New York Law Schools. Learn more

On 19 March 2014, the Legal Counsel, Mr. Serpa Soares, addressed the 31st Annual Seminar on International Humanitarian Law for Diplomats Accredited to the United Nations. Learn more

The United Nations Legal Counsel, Mr. Serpa Soares attends a side event, entitled "The role of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in sustainable development" held on 3 February 2014 during the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals. Learn more

The United Nations Legal Counsel, Mr. Serpa Soares and the Controller visit Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Learn more

The United Nations Legal Counsel, Mr. Serpa Soares, visits The Hague, Dar es Salaam, Arusha and Freetown. Learn more

Secretary-General Appoints Miguel de Serpa Soares of Portugal Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Learn more

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