As an integral part of the Office of the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), the Legal Liaison Office provides advice on all legal matters arising within UNOG and the offices of United Nations funds and programmes in Geneva, in close cooperation with the Office of Legal Affairs
The core functions of the Legal Liaison Office are as follows:
Providing advice to the Director-General of UNOG
Dealing with the Permanent Mission of Switzerland on host country matters
Answering legal questions from UNOG's Division of Administration, various departments and services, and Geneva offices of United Nations funds and programmes
Coordinating with the Legal Advisers of the Geneva-based international organizations
On an ad hoc
basis, the Senior Legal Adviser coordinates with the Legal Advisers of Geneva-based international organizations on matters of common interest under the respective headquarters agreements.
Participating in various panels and commissions
Liaison with the Office of Legal Affairs in New York
LLO works in close cooperation with the Office of Legal Affairs
(OLA) at Headquarters on legal matters requiring specialized advice and/or a position from the Legal Counsel of the United Nations or the Secretary-General’s approval. These include, inter alia:
Organizing and conducting the International Law Seminar
- requests for waiver of immunity,
- treaty actions,
- OLA position on matters of system-wide interest.
ILS is convened on an annual basis within the framework of the International Law Commission
. As Director of the International Law Seminar
(ILS), the Senior Legal Adviser is responsible for fund-raising, selecting participants, organizing the three-week programme and daily follow-up of the activities of participants. This also includes budget management of the ILS Trust Fund and related certifying officer responsibilities. This Trust Fund should provide 17/18 fellowships to the participants in the Seminar through voluntary contributions from Governments.
Providing administrative support to the International Law Commission