Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Foley Hoag's New UN Practice Group: Doing Well by Doing Good?

Law school placement offices and trend-watchers take note:  Yesterday, the law firm Foley Hoag announced creation of a new UN Practice Group, believed to be the first of its kind.  According to the firm's press release:

     Chaired by attorney Christina Hioureas, Foley Hoag’s UN practice group provides legal advice and representation to     Permanent Missions to the United Nations on matters before the Security Council, General Assembly, Sixth     Committee to the General Assembly (Legal Affairs), United Nations Commission on International Trade Law     (UNCITRAL) and meetings of the States Parties to the Law of the Sea Convention, among other UN bodies. The first of its kind, the group also serves to advise States on matters before the UN including trade, law of the sea, human rights, international criminal law and international humanitarian law.

If Foley's instincts are right, and this leads other firms to look into this area of practice, perhaps future law students can aspire to work in the public international law arena without renouncing law firm perks.  At the very least, Foley Hoag's move underscores the idea that the law addressed by the UN is real law, with real consequences for member states, and that getting legal advice is a good idea.

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