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Office of International Standards and Legal Affairs

The Office of International Standards and Legal Affairs (LA) is a central service reporting directly to the Director-General. The responsibilities of the Office are:

  • to provide legal advice to the General Conference, the Executive Board and various meetings convened by UNESCO and to all the intergovernmental bodies established by the General Conference and the Executive Board and those established for the implementation of the conventions;

  • to provide legal advice on questions arising for the Organization and concerning its Constitution, statutory texts and regulations, its privileges and immunities; to provide advice on the conclusion and application of agreements with Member States or other organizations and on contracts to which the Organization is a party;

  • to represent the Organization before the Administrative Tribunal of the International Labour Organization and other international tribunals or dispute resolution boards;

  • to assist in the drawing up and application of international standard-setting instruments and to exercise depository functions of the Director-General in relation to international treaties; and

  • to serve as the secretariat of the Committee on Conventions and Recommendations of the Executive Board and of the Credentials Committee and the Legal Committee of the General Conference.



17-05-2018 Ratification by Costa Rica of the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage (Paris, 2 November 2001) UNESCO
On 27 April 2018, Costa Rica deposited with the Director-General its instrument of ratification of the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage. More

19-04-2018 Accession by Portugal of the Second Protocol to the Hague Convention of 1954 for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (The Hague, 26 March 1999) UNESCO
On 9 April 2018, Portugal deposited with the Director-General its instrument of accession of the Second Protocol to the Hague Convention of 1954 for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. More

19-04-2018 Ratification by Djibouti of the Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property (Paris, 14 November 1970) UNESCO
On 9 April 2018, Djibouti deposited with the Director-General its instrument of ratification of the Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. More

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