UN: Eminent Irish jurist appointed UN's first female legal chief
The new UN legal chief, who replaces Nicolas Michel of Switzerland, previously served as Senior Legal Adviser to the Irish Attorney General and as Legal Counsellor at the Irish Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels.
She has also advised the Irish Government in legal proceedings before the International Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice, as well as participated in expert legal meetings in the UN, the EU and the Council of Europe.
Ms. O'Brien, 51, holds an LL.B. from the University of Ottawa, Canada, and an M.A. and B.A. from Trinity College, Dublin.
6 August 2008
UN News Service
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