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Hear from Robert Harris, a senior career lawyer in the Office of the Legal Adviser Office of the U.S. State Department, and an SLS alum, about practicing international law and foreign relations law for the U.S. Government in the State Department.
Robert Harris is Assistant Legal Adviser for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, providing legal advice to policy makers on legal issues related to U.S. foreign policy in the Asia and Pacific region. During his career in the Department of State, he has served as legal adviser and as head of delegation to more than 100 different bilateral and multilateral negotiations on a wide array of issues and international agreements, including international migration, trade in services and commercial air services, international law enforcement (e.g., counterterrorism, drug trafficking, and the extradition of fugitives), maritime boundary delimitation, transboundary watercourses, the international law of the sea, including marine pollution and ocean dumping, global environment protection (such as control of hazardous chemicals, biological diversity, and international conservation), sustainable development, international human rights and refugees, nuclear liability and efforts to secure the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Mr. Harris serves a Lecturer of Law on international law and the law of the sea at Columbia Law School.
Mr. Harris is a graduate of Cornell University (AB History), the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs (MPA), and Stanford Law School (JD).