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Recent Activities of Miguel de Serpa Soares,
Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs,
The United Nations Legal Counsel


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  • Secretary-General Appoints Miguel de Serpa Soares of Portugal Under-Secretary General for Legal Affairs, The Legal Counsel
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  • United Nations Legal Counsel addressed the Second Open Meeting of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf in the Trusteeship Council Chamber    Learn more

    United Nations Legal Counsel attends an Informal briefing by the co-facilitators on the preparations for the preparatory meeting for the United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development    Learn more

    United Nations Legal Counsel participates in the inauguration ceremony for the new premises of the Arusha branch of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals    Learn more

    The 2016 International Law Week, which was organized by the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was held in the last week of October. The Legal Counsel met with the legal advisers from the capitals and from the Permanent Missions, and discussed with them certain current legal issues that the United Nations is facing     Learn more

    Visit by the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the United Nations Legal Counsel to Hamburg, Germany, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea from 5-7 October 2016     Learn more

    RTP (Portuguese radio and television network): "The Legal Counsel is Portuguese!" (in Portuguese) Saber mais

    Visit by the United Nations Legal Counsel to San Remo, Italy, and Brussels, Belgium - 7 to 16 September 2016
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    Mr. Serpa Soares attends the commemoration of International Criminal Justice Day 14 June 2016    Learn more

    Fortieth Annual Conference of the Center for Oceans Law & Policy Legal Order in the World's Oceans: UN Convention on the Law of the Sea 27-28 June 2016    Learn more

    Mr. Serpa Soares opens the Forty-Ninth session of UNCITRAL    Learn more

    OLA hosts annual meeting of Filed Legal Officers at UNHQ from 22 to 24 June 2016    Learn more

    The Legal Counsel, Mr. Serpa Soares, spent almost three weeks at the forefront of supporting oceans and the law of the sea, 1-16 June 2016   Learn more

    On 23 May 2016, the Legal Counsel, Mr. Serpa Soares, addressed the Resumed Review Conference on the Fish Stocks Agreement    Learn more

    Visit by the United Nations Legal Counsel to Port Louis, Mauritius; Lisbon, Portugal; and Geneva, Switzerland 8 to 18 May 2016    Learn more

    Visit by the United Nations Legal Counsel to Rome, Italy, and The Hague, Netherlands 14 to 21 April 2016    Learn more

    The United Nations Legal Counsel, Mr. Miguel de Serpa Soares, hosts ABA Day 2016 at United Nations Headquarters.    Learn more

    The United Nations Legal Counsel, Mr. Miguel de Serpa Soares, addresses the 33rd Annual Seminar on International Humanitarian Law for Diplomats Accredited to the United Nations, 16 March 2016    Learn more

    The United Nations Legal Counsel, Mr. Miguel de Serpa Soares, visits Cyprus, Israel and Lebanon from 28 February to 10 March 2016    Learn more

    The United Nations Legal Counsel, Mr. Miguel de Serpa Soares, addresses the New York Law School, 18 February 2016    Learn more

    The United Nations Legal Counsel, Mr. Miguel de Serpa Soares, visits Washington D.C. from 11 to 14 February 2016 Learn more

    Fortieth session of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf. Learn more

    The United Nations Legal Counsel, Mr. Miguel de Serpa Soares, starts his outreach activities in the New Year with a visit on 21 January 2016 to the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia. Learn more

    The United Nations Legal Counsel participates in the commemoration events marking the official closure of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda   Learn more

    The United Nations Legal Counsel participates in "International Law Week" events Learn more

    Interview: The United Nations and International Law (in Portuguese) Saber mais

    The United Nations Legal Counsel joins Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea and Chairman of UNCITRAL in opening a seminar on E-Commerce  Learn more

    The United Nations Legal Counsel attends the UN70 Chatham House-Office of Legal Affairs conference, London Learn more

    The United Nations Legal Counsel addresses the Oxford University Public International Law Discussion Group Learn more

    Somalia deposits instrument of ratification to the Convention on the Rights of the Child   Learn more

    The United Nations Legal Counsel signs exchange of letters with China. Learn more

    On 8 September 2015, the United Nations Legal Counse delivered a statement at the opening of the Sixth meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole    Learn more

    United Nations International Law Seminar for Arab States on 8 July 2015   Learn more

    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, delivered a keynote address at the Colloquium «Formes du droit international: réflexions sur le devenir des travaux de la Commission du droit international des Nations Unies», held in Paris on 22 June 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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