Office of Legal Affairs

The Office of Legal Affairs is the central legal service of the Secretariat and provides legal advice to the Secretary-General, the Secretariat and the other principal organs of the Authority and their subsidiary bodies. It represents the Secretary-General in legal conferences and in judicial proceedings. The Office of Legal Affairs is also responsible for the Satya N. Nandan Library, the official documentation of the Authority and for managing the provision of conference services for sessions of the Authority.

Staff at the OLA

Name Position Nationality
Ascencio-Herrera, Alfonso Legal Counsel & Deputy to the Secretary-General  Mexico
Brown, Christopher Legal Officer United Kingdom
Le Gurun, Gwénaëlle Legal Officer France
Cai, Yongsheng Legal Officer China
Elaise, Anna Website and Communications Officer Fiji
Bond, Michelle Librarian Jamaica
Harvey, Ena Documentation and Conference Management Officer Jamaica
Wray, Kayon Administrative Assistant Jamaica
Salmon, Patrena Administrative Assistant Jamaica

 

Statements by the Deputy to the Secretary-General/Legal Counsel

  • Statement at the Intergovernmental Conference on an international legally binding instrument under the United biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (General Assembly resolution 72/249); Agenda Item 6, 5 September 2018
  • Statement on Capacity Building and Transfer of Marine Technology at the Intergovernmental Conference on an international legally binding instrument under the United biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction