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Mary Catherine Malin


Assistant Legal Adviser for Diplomatic Law and Litigation, U.S. Department of State, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., American; J.D. Hastings College of the Law

Professor Malin is the Assistant Legal Adviser for Diplomatic Law and Litigation at the U.S. Department of State, handling issues involving foreign sovereign immunity, foreign...

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Professor Malin is the Assistant Legal Adviser for Diplomatic Law and Litigation at the U.S. Department of State, handling issues involving foreign sovereign immunity, foreign official immunity, privileges and immunities of international organizations, recognition of states and governments, and litigation under the Alien Tort Statute. As a member of the Senior Executive Service, she previously supervised the Offices of Consular Affairs and Western Hemisphere Affairs within the Office of the Legal Adviser. Professor Malin has worked on several leading Supreme Court cases, including Medellin v. Texas (President's authority to implement an ICJ judgment), Samantar v. Yousuf (source of immunity for foreign officials sued in U.S. courts) and Zivotofsky v. Kerry (scope of the Constitution's reception clause). She currently serves as the State Department’s liaison to the International law Institute’s project to revise the Restatement of Foreign Relations Law of the United States - Foreign Sovereign Immunity. In her 30 year career with the Department of State, Professor Malin has worked in a number of offices, including the Office of United Nations Affairs (International Criminal Court matters), the Office of Consular Affairs (Avena case) and the U.S. Embassy in The Hague (Iran-US Claims Tribunal). She is a past co-chair of the American Society of International Law's Women in International Law Interest Group and previous member of its Executive Council. Professor Malin is a two time recipient of the Presidential Rank Award.

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