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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Legal Advisers

Sir Michael Wood

Diplomatic missions — Council of Europe — Practice and procedure of international organizations — Statehood, jurisdiction of states, organs of states

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 Legal advisers in the field of public international law play different roles. There are those who advise governments, in particular legal advisers in foreign ministries/Attorney General’s offices (about whom a good deal has been written). Legal advisers within international organizations are an increasingly important group. It should also be recalled that the legal departments of specialized bodies, such as the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies often play a central role. And...
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