Partner Stephen G. Larson has been elected to the Inter-American Juridical Committee (IAJC, also referred to as the CJI).
The IAJC is one of the principal organs of the Organization of American States (OAS), the world’s oldest regional organization, which brings together all 35 independent states of the Americas.
In a press release issued on Oct. 21, the OAS stated that Stephen, Ramiro Gastón Orías Arredondo of Bolivia, and Cecilia Fresnedo de Aguirre of Uruguay were elected to the IAJC during the virtual, two-day 50th General Assembly of the OAS. Stephen will begin his four-year term on Jan. 1, 2021.
“I am very honored to have this opportunity to serve on the Inter-American Juridical Committee. It will be a great privilege to work alongside the Committee’s esteemed jurists from the Member States to advise the OAS and help advance its important initiatives for the region.” — Stephen Larson
The OAS constitutes the main political, juridical, and social governmental forum in the Hemisphere, and the IAJC serves as an advisory body to the OAS on juridical matters to promote the progressive development and codification of international law. The IAJC also studies the possibility of standardizing legislation across the countries of the Hemisphere.
Although he will be working closely with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Mission to the OAS, Stephen will fulfill his obligations in this position in his individual capacity and not as a government official. As such, this appointment does not constitute a conflict for either Stephen or Larson LLP when representing individuals and entities in proceedings adverse to the U.S. or any of its departments or agencies.