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Information and Speeches by Miguel de Serpa Soares,
Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs,
The Legal Counsel


Press release:

  • Secretary-General Appoints Miguel de Serpa Soares of Portugal Under-Secretary General for Legal Affairs, The Legal Counsel
  • Speaking engagements:

  • List of speeches
  • Inauguration Ceremony of the Premises of the International Residual Mechanism For Criminal Tribunals
    Arusha, Tanzania
    25 November 2016
    Secretary-General's Message

  • Message of the United Nations Legal Counsel to the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization on the Fight Against Impunity in the Current Context
    United Nations Headquartes, New York
    2 November 2016
  • Meeting of the Legal Advisers
    United Nations Headquartes, New York
    24 October 2016
  • 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly Sixth Committee
    United Nations Headquartes, New York
    11 October 2016
  • 39th Round-table on Current Issues of International Humanitarian law
    “Weapons and the International Rule of Law”
    - Secretary-General's Message
    San Remo, Italy
    8 September 2016
  • Forty-ninth Session of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law
    United Nations Headquartes, New York
    27 June 2016
  • Opening Remarks at the Twenty-sixth Meeting of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
    United Nations Headquartes, New York
    20 June 2016
  • UN-Oceans’ statement to the Seventeenth meeting of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea
    United Nations Headquartes, New York
    16 June 2016
  • Message To Commemorate the International Criminal Justice Day
    New York
    14 June 2016
  • Opening Remarks at the 17th meeting of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea
    United Nations Headquartes, New York
    13 June 2016
  • World Oceans Day
    Secretary-General's statement
    World Oceans Day Reception

    United Nations Headquartes, New York
    8 June 2016
  • Keynote address to the Oceans Meeting International Conference
    Secretary-General statement
    Declaration
    Lisbon, Portugal
    3 June 2016
  • Resumed Review Conference on the Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks
    United Nations
    New York
    23 May 2016
  • 2016 International Law Commission Statement
    Geneva, Switzerland
    May 17, 2016
  • 2016 Meeting of Legal Advisers of Specialized, Related and other Organizations (UN System) 2016 Meeting of Legal Advisers and Legal Liaison Officers of UN Offices, Funds and Programmes and other entities
    Geneva, Switzerland
    May 2016
  • 70ème Anniversaire de la Cour Internationale de Justice
    « Rétrospectives et Perspectives »
    Palais de la Paix, La Haye
    18 April 2016
  • “Practising International Law at the United Nations"
    To commemorate the 90th anniversary of UNIDROIT
    Rome
    15 April 2016
  • First session of the Preparatory Committee established by General Assembly resolution 69/292: Development of 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.
    United Nations
    New York
    28 March 2016
  • “Twelfth round of informal consultations of States Parties to the United Nations Fish Stocks Agreement (ICSP-12)
    United Nations
    New York
    22 March 2016
  • 33rd Annual Seminar for Diplomats on International Humanitarian Law
    Jointly organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross

    New York University School of Law
    Arthur T. Vanderbilt Hall
    40 Washington Square South, New York
    16 March 2016
  • “Building an international rule of law”
    Annual Otto L. Walter Lecture

    New York Law School
    18 February 2016
  • UN70 – The Legal Dimension
    American University
    Washington College of Law - Tenley Campus
    Washington D.C.
    13 February 2016
  • Fortieth session of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf
    United Nations Headquarters
    New York
    8 February 2016
  • Secretary-General's Message marking the official closure of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
    Delivered by the Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, UN Legal Counsel, Mr. Miguel de Serpa Soares
    Arusha, Tanzania
    1 December 2015
  • International Law Weekend 2015
    “UN70 – Contributions of the United Nations to the Development of International Law”
    Keynote Address

    Fordham University – School of Law
    Friday, 6 November 2015, 1.30pm
    6 November 2015
  • Informal Meeting of the Legal Advisers of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs
    United Nations Headquarters
    Trusteeship Council Chamber
    New York
    2 November 2015
  • E-commerce in the Context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
    Welcoming Remarks
    United Nations Headquarters
    New York
    21 October 2015
  • Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole
    Opening Remarks
    United Nations Headquarters
    New York
    08 September 2015
  • Colloque - “Formes du Droit International : Réflexions sur le devenir des travaux de la Commission du droit international des Nations Unies”
    «La Formation du droit international, vue de la perspective des Nations Unies»
    Centre de conférences ministériel
    XVe arrondissement de Paris, France
    22 June 2015
  • Responsibility of States:
    State of Play and the way forward (Part II)
    United Nations Headquarters
    New York
    15 June 2015
  • IOC-UNESCO event on Oceans and Climate
    Round Table 3: The Ocean as Part of the Solution?
    - Aspects of Governance - Mobilizing all sectors
    Paris, France
    8 June 2015
    Secretary-General's Message
  • International Opening of the International Nuremberg Principles Academy Accountability – 70 years after the Nuremberg Trials
    “An Age of Accountability”
    Nuremberg, Germany
    6 June 2015
  • SECRETARY-GENERAL'S VIDEO MESSAGE TO INAUGURAL CONFERENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL NUREMBERG PRINCIPLES ACADEMY
    Nuremberg, Germany
    6 June 2015
    Transcript
  • Law of the Sea Conference: Blue Week 2015
    "Challenges in the new ocean order: a legal perspective"
    Lisbon, Portugal
    4 June 2015
  • Saint Petersburg International Legal Forum
    Saint Petersburg
    Russia.
    27 May 2015.
  • International Law Commission
    Palais des Nations
    Geneva.
    5 May 2015.
  • Legal Counsel hosts ABA Day 2015 at United Nations Headquarters
    New avenues for accountability in respect of international crimes: hybrid courts
    United Nations Headquarters
    New York, Conference Room A.
    27 April 2015.
  • Remarks to the Colloquium on the United Nations Charter and the Post-War International Order
    Side event to the 54th Annual Session of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO)
    “The United Nations Charter: Developments and Challenges”
    Beijing, People's Republic of China.
    14 April 2015.
  • Remarks to the 54th Annual Session of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO)
    Special meeting commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Bandung Conference
    Beijing, People's Republic of China.
    13 April 2015.
  • 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
    High Level Special Event on Rule of Law, Human Rights and the Post 2015 Development Agenda
    Doha, State of Qatar.
    12 - 19 April 2015.
  • Secretary-General's Message to the Fifty-Fourth Annual Session of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO)
    Beijing, People's Republic of China.
    13 - 17 April 2015.
  • UN-Oceans’ statement to the Sixteenth meeting of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea
    New York Headquarters.
    8 April 2015.
  • United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea
    New York Headquarters.
    6 April 2015.
  • Signing Ceremony of the Transparency Convention
    Mauritius.
    17 March 2015.
  • Regional workshop for Field Legal Officers "Accountability for International Crimes in Africa"
    Entebbe, Uganda.
    14 March 2015.
  • Thirty-seventh session of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf
    OLA/DOALOS Conference Room.
    New York Headquarters.
    7 February 2015.
  • General Assembly Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction
    New York Headquarters.
    20 January 2015.
  • Secretary-General's Message to Opening of 13th Session of the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court
    Delivered by the UN Legal Counsel Miguel de Serpa Soares
    New York Headquarters.
    8 December 2014.
  • United Nations – Nippon Foundation Fellowship Programme Global Alumni Meeting 2014
    Tokyo, Japan.
    28 November 2014.
  • ICTR Legacy Symposium
    The Lasting Impact of the ICTR on International Justice after the Closure of the ad hoc Tribunals
    Arusha, Tanzania.
    7 November 2014.
    - Secretary-General's message marking the 20th Anniversary of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

  • ICTR 7th Colloquium of International Prosecutors
    Closing session
    Arusha, Tanzania.
    5 November 2014.

  • Side Event organized by the Mission of Mexico and the American Society of International Law (ASIL)
    "The Contribution of Latin America to International Law"
    Trusteeship Council Chamber.
    New York Headquarters.
    29 October 2014.
  • Informal Meeting of the Legal Advisers of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs (Español - Français)
    English version
    Trusteeship Council Chamber.
    New York Headquarters.
    27 October 2014.
  • "International Law Today: Perspectives and Challenges"
    A panel discussion organized by the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO)
    "Promoting and applying international law: some personal observations"
    New York Headquarters.
    24 October 2014.
  • Statement to the Sixth Committee
    New York Headquarters.
    7 October 2014.
  • International Law Association Regional Conference 2014
    From absence to abundance: Tracing the development and impact of international courts
    Lisbon University Law School.
    11 September 2014.
  • Multi-stakeholders' Dialogue on Oceans, Seas and Biodiversity
    UN Conference on Small Island Developing States
    Apia, Samoa.
    03 September 2014.
  • International Criminal Justice Day
    The United Nations and the International Criminal Court Partners of Shared Value

    United Nations, Conference Room 2, New York Headquarters.
    17 July 2014.
  • Forty-seventh Session of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law
    7 July 2014.
  • General Assembly Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction
    16 June 2014.
  • 20th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention and World Oceans Day 2014 Reception
    9 June 2014.
  • Symposium on the Contribution of Post-Genocide Justice to the Reconciliation in Rwanda
    3 June 2014.
  • Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA)
    Sommet UIA des Présidents des Barreaux

    Siège des Nations Unies, New York
    30 May 2014.
  • "My first Eight months as the Legal Counsel of the United Nations"
    Peking University, People’s Republic of China.
    28 May 2014.
  • International colloquium to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the enunciation of the Five Principles of Peaceful Co-existence
    Keynote address

    People's Republic of China.
    27 May 2014.
  • International colloquium to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the enunciation of the Five Principles of Peaceful Co-existence
    Panel on The Contribution and Role of the Five Principles on the Development of International Law

    People's Republic of China.
    27 May 2014.
  • Seminar on the Ratification and Implementation of the Kampala Amendments to the Rome Statute of the ICC
    "TURNING THE KAMPALA AMENDMENTS INTO REALITY"

    Brdo, Slovenia
    15 May 2014.
  • International Law Commission
    Geneva, Switzerland.
    14 May 2014.
  • The Third Annual Philip J. Shapiro Endowed International Visiting Scholar Lecture "Legal Aspects of Modern United Nations Peacekeeping"
    Hofstra University – Maurice A. Deane School of Law
    Hempstead, New York .
    21 April 2014.
  • Regional Course in International Law Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    Economic Commission for Africa Headquarters.
    8 April 2014.
  • General Assembly Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction
    1 April 2014.
  • General Assembly Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole
    United Nations, Conference Room 2, New York Headquarters.
    31 March 2014.
  • American Bar Association "ABA Day at the UN"
    United Nations, New York Headquarters.
    31 March 2014.
  • Statement at the 31st Annual Seminar on International Humanitarian Law for Diplomats Accredited to the United Nations
    New York University School of Law.
    19 March 2014.
  • Statement at the Thirty-fourth session of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf
    United Nations,, Conference Room 6, New York Headquarters.
    10 February 2014.
  • "The role of UNCLOS in sustainable development"
    OLA/DOALOS Side event .

    United Nations,, Conference Room 7, New York Headquarters.
    3 February 2014.
  • Closing Ceremony of the Special Court for Sierra Leone
    "The Special Court for Sierra Leone – Lessons and Legacy" .

    Freetown, Sierra Leone.
    2 December 2013.
  • Swearing-in of the Judges of the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone.
    Freetown, Sierra Leone.
    2 December 2013.
  • Signing of the Headquarters Agreement for the Arusha Branch of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals.
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
    26 November 2013.
  • Message to Opening of 12th Session of the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court.
    [delivered by Miguel de Serpa Soares, Under-Secretary General for Legal Affairs, The Legal Counsel]
    The Hague, Netherlands.
    20 November 2013.
  • Thirty-third session of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf.
    United Nations, DOALOS Conference Room, New York Headquarters.
    11 November 2013.
  • Pledging Conference in Support of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC).
    United Nations, Conference Room 6, New York Headquarters.
    5 November 2013.
  • The UN and EU legal systems after the Kadi judgement: Assessment and way forward - Opening statement.
    Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, New York.
    1 November 2013.
  • International Court of Justice Seminar Opening & Closing statements.
    United Nations, Trusteeship Council Chamber, New York Headquarters.
    29 October 2013.
  • Informal Meeting of the Legal Advisers of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs .
    United Nations, Trusteeship Council Chamber, New York Headquarters.
    28 October 2013.
  • Secretary-General's Message to Event on The Kampala Amendments to the Rome Statute .
    [delivered by Miguel de Serpa Soares, Under-Secretary General for Legal Affairs, The Legal Counsel]
    United Nations, New York Headquarters.
    27 September 2013.
  • Ministerial Breakfast on Peaceful Settlement of Disputes, 100 Years Peace Palace: Advancing the Framework for Peaceful Settlement of Disputes.
    United Nations, Delegates' Dining Room, New York Headquarters.
    25 September 2013, 8.30am.