The Dominican
Bar Association

Mayor's Office for International Affairs General Counsel

May 08, 2017 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The General Counsel (GC) will oversee the legal operations of the Office. Specifically, the GC is the key legal advisor to the Commissioner and provides strategic legal guidance on operational, administrative, and programmatic activities of the Office as well as on the handling of diplomatic incidents and other international legal matters affecting the City. The GC liaises with City Hall, New York City’s Law Department, local government, the U.S. Department of State, the United Nations, and foreign governments on a range of complex legal matters and issues.

The General Counsel’s duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Serves as legal advisor to the Commissioner and City agencies on international legal matters, including relevant diplomatic privileges and immunities resulting from the presence of the United Nations and foreign government representatives in the City.

  • Responds to requests from the Legal Department and assists it with litigation on diplomatic incidents, advising and training law enforcement on the application of diplomatic immunities and consular notification.

  • Provides legal analysis when addressing complex issues concerning the interactions of the United Nations and foreign government representatives with City local businesses and residents.

  • Responds to requests for legal advice from the United Nations and the diplomatic and consular corps concerning U.S. federal, state and local laws.

  • Works to ensure compliance with local laws and regulations by resident diplomatic and consular representatives, including parking rules, health and safety codes, and payment of appropriate real estate taxes.

  • Deals with complex, significant matters that cut across legal and related areas.

  • Conducts research and analysis of specific legal questions and prepares memoranda and opinions setting forth research results, recommendations, and conclusions in a variety of legal and non-legalareas.

  • Keeps current on legislative issues, statutes, decisions and other important legal developments that may affect the Office’s interest.

  • Attends relevant interagency and external meetings, diplomatic and consular receptions, and City events as a representative of the Office.

  • Performs other duties as assigned. 

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