International Section

The International Section has three staff attorney positions held by Ole VarmerDerek Campbell, and Stephanie Altman, and a Senior Counselor position held by Richard Mannix. The Section Chief is Peter OppenheimerThe Organization Chart provides additional information as to the office's structure.  

The International Section provides legal advice and assistance to NOAA and other U.S. Government agencies on the development, negotiation, interpretation, and application of customary and conventional international law, as well as domestic law relating to: 

These and other issues or areas of practice are set forth in the left navigation bar.  The office has created two matrices that identify which of the attorney(s) cover these and other issues for our office: one lists in alphabetical order the issues covered by the office and the other groups the issues by the attorney who covers them.   All of the attorneys work on the cross-cutting issues such as the law of the sea.

The significant developments page highlights some of the more important accomplishments of the office over the past several years.  The authorities and mandates page includes digests of the specific authority and responsibility NOAA has to pursue its global mission including the statutory authority to undertake specific activities or to pursue a specific strategy in an international context.  In particular, there is a catalogue provisions that authorize the transfer of funds or other types of support either into or out of NOAA and that contemplate as at least one reason for such a transfer the advancement of NOAA’s international engagements and commitments.  We have also collected the policy drivers for NOAA’s International engagements. 

The Section’s legal services help assure that NOAA’s policy development and programmatic activities with respect to the marine environment are consistent with, and take into account, the Law of the Sea Convention and other applicable rules of international law. The International Section further helps NOAA pursue and protect the agency’s interests in the context of interagency and international processes. Finally, the Section is often called upon to review and help develop or amend domestic legislation.
The International Section program and staff office clients include:

Information about internships can be found on the Internships page. Information about Lindy Johnson and others who worked in the International Section can be found on the Alumni page.

Contact Information

International Section
NOAA, Office of General Counsel
Herbert C. Hoover Building, Room 48026
14th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W.
Washington D.C. 20230
Telephone: 202/482-1400
Fax: 202/371-0926 
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