This first gathering of the new Government Attorneys' Interest Group will feature a discussion of the role of lawyers in government and intergovernmental organizations in shaping policy and international relations. Discussion will include comparison of legal adviser roles in different governments, agencies, and organizations; the role of law and lawyers in policy development; and opportunities for the new Interest Group to serve ASIL's government attorney constituents.
Moderators: Kate Gorove, U.S. State Department, and Gavin Hood, UK Embassy
Judith Miller, Former General Counsel, US Department of Defense Peter Taksoe-Jensen, United Nations Michael Wood, 20 Essex Street Chambers
Katherine M. Gorove
Katherine M. Gorove is currently an Attorney in the Office of the Legal Advisor, Office of Human Rights and Refugees in the U.S. Department of State. Prior to this appointment Ms. Gorove served as an attorney for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Hungary, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency and at Wiley, Rein & Fielding, Washington, D.C.
Ms. Gorove has lectured extensively in the areas of International Law, International Human Rights and International Business and Trade as an adjunct professor at Washington College of Law, American University, Washington, D.C.; George Washington University; ELTE State and Law Faculty, Budapest; Central European University and the University of Mississippi, School of Law. She holds a J.D. from Columbia University, an M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Mississippi.
Judith A. Miller
Judith A. Miller is a partner at Williams & Connolly LLP, advising on a wide range of business and governmental issues, including corporate and individual officer counseling, and complex civil, and business-related criminal, litigation. She returned to the firm in January 2000, after serving as the General Counsel for the Department of Defense for over five years.
As General Counsel, Ms. Miller was the Chief Legal Officer for more than 6,000 lawyers at the Department. She was responsible for advising the Secretary and Deputy Secretary and their senior leadership team on a wide range of legal and policy issues, including mergers and acquisitions, international affairs and intelligence matters, operations law, acquisition and business reform, major procurements, significant litigation and investigations, globalization, computer security, alternate dispute resolution, as well as personnel, fiscal, environmental, and health policy issues.
Peter Taksoe-Jensen has been the Assistant Secretary General for Legal Affairs at the United Nations since August 2008.
Sir Michael Wood
Sir Michael Wood is a member of the UN International Law Commission. He was the principal Legal Adviser to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office between 1999 and 2006. During 35 years as a lawyer in the FCO, he attended many international conferences, including the United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea.
He spent three years at the United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations in New York, dealing chiefly with Security Council matters. He was Agent for the United Kingdom for a number of years before the European Commission and Court of Human Rights, and UK Agent in cases before the ICJ, as well as in proceedings before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and arbitral tribunals.
Michael Wood, former legal adviser to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, contends that giving legal advice is "extremely difficult" with the knowledge that it will be made public. Leaked legal advice, he says, is often taken out of context and can thus be highly deceptive.