1. The Department of Legal
Services (DLS) and its dependencies and staff are under the overall direction,
supervision, and control of the director, who, in turn, is legal adviser to
the Secretary General and answers to the chief of staff of the Secretary
General, in accordance with the legal system of the Organization and with the
provisions of this Executive Order.
1. In its area of
competence, advises the General Assembly, the Permanent Council, the General
Secretariat, and the other organs, agencies, and entities of the Organization
on matters including the statutes and regulations that govern their operations
and, in accordance with the priorities of the General Secretariat, the
preparation of studies, reports, and other documents at the request of those
2. Represents the Secretary General in
dealings with the political bodies of the Organization, on missions, in
international meetings, and in other events dealing with matters in its area
of competence; prepares reports and performs other tasks as assigned by the
3. In its area of competence,
advises the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), the
Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI), the Inter-American
Commission of Women (CIM), the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL),
the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), the Human
Development Fund Committee, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on
Agriculture (IICA), and the OAS Administrative Tribunal. In accordance with
the priorities of the General Secretariat, prepares studies, reports, and
other documents upon request.
4. Represents the Secretary
General, the director general of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation
on Agriculture (IICA), and the Retirement and Pension Committee in the hearing
of complaints against them lodged with the Administrative Tribunal of the
Organization or other jurisdictional bodies.
Prepares, reviews, and, if necessary, negotiates General Secretariat
agreements with member states, permanent observers, and other entities on
matters of cooperation and contributions.
6. Prepares, reviews,
and, if necessary, negotiates electoral agreements with member states on
matters of privileges and immunities.
7. Prepares, reviews, and
advises on the negotiation of the contracts of the General Secretariat.
8. Advises the Office of the
Inspector General and other dependencies of the General Secretariat on the
conduct of investigations and on the training of staff in investigatory
techniques, and conducts investigations in coordination with the Office of the
9. Advises the Joint Committee
on Insurance Matters, the Advisory Committee on Selection and Promotion, the
Ethics Committee, the Publications Board, the COVENT (sales committee), the
Medical Benefits Trust Fund Committee, the Retirement and Pension Committee,
and the Committee of the Leo S. Rowe Memorial Fund.
10. Advises the Joint
Disciplinary Committee and the General Secretariat on cases submitted to the
Joint Advisory Committee on Reconsideration and the Committee on Reduction in
Force and on other cases when the Secretary General so decides.
11. When so requested, advises
the Pan American Development Foundation, the Credit Union, and nongovernmental
12. Prepares, revises, keeps,
and compiles the regulatory instruments of the General Secretariat, including
executive orders, directives, and administrative memorandums.
13. Answers queries received
from governments and public or private organizations and institutions on
specific legal questions regarding the institutional administration of
national legal systems.
14. Makes recommendations on
requests for use of copyrights that are the intellectual property of the
15. Authorizes the publication of articles
and studies by General Secretariat staff members, after consultation with the
chief of staff of the Secretary General and in accordance with the Staff
16. Coordinates, supervises,
and promotes dealings on legal matters in its area of competence with the
other dependencies of the General Secretariat, with organs, agencies, and
entities of the OAS, and with other international organizations.
17. Maintains cooperative
relations and an exchange of information with the dependencies charged with
providing legal services at the United Nations and other international
18. In its area of competence,
maintains a training program for law students and for attorneys from the
member states in the form of law internships.
19. Provides public notary
services to the dependencies of the General Secretariat and member state
delegations at headquarters.
20. Establishes a structure of posts that
will ensure that the required outcomes are attained with the resources
21. Prepares the Regular Fund proposed
program-budget for its area.
22. Directs, manages, and supervises the execution of the
program-budget for its area, according to instructions from the chief of staff
of the Secretary General, the pertinent resolutions of the General Assembly,
the requirements established by donors of external funds, and the rules and
regulations of the General Secretariat.