The Department of Legal Services ("DLS") is a dependency of the Office of the Secretary General. Its mandate is set out in
Executive Order 08-01
DLS provides legal advice on: interpretation of normative instruments; administrative, budgetary, and personnel matters; internal regulations; contracts, treaties, and agreements; application of national laws relating to taxation, labor relations, and privileges & immunities; and cooperation and electoral agreements. DLS serves as the Secretary General’s representative in litigation. In its area of competence, DSL: advises the General Assembly and Permanent Council; represents the Secretary General before OAS political bodies; and advises: CIDI, IIN, CIM, CITEL, CICTE, CICAD,
IADB, the OAS Retirement & Pension Fund, and IICA.