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:
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 has three staff attorney positions held by Ole Varmer, Derek Campbell, Rebecca Reese and a Senior Counselor position held by Richard Mannix. The Section Chief is Peter Oppenheimer. The Organization Chart provides additional information as to the office's structure. The Office has created two matrices that identify the issues covered by the office: one lists in alphabetical order the issues covered by the office and the other groups the issues by the attorney who covers them. The Office benefits from the volunteer services of law school students and law school graduates who serve as interns or fellows, respectively, for a spring, summer, or fall term. Under the NOAA General Counsel’s Attorney Honors Program, the Office also hosts law school graduates and judicial law clerks who have been hired as full time employees. Honors Attorneys typically serve for three six-month rotations in different sections of the General Counsel’s Office.
The International Section program and staff office clients include:
NOAA, Office of General Counsel
Herbert C. Hoover Building, Room 48024
14th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W.
Washington D.C. 20230
Office email account
Last updated March, 2017