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Deputy General Counsel
International Affairs


Chuck Allen has served as Deputy General Counsel (International Affairs) since May 2000. He is responsible for providing legal services and advice on the Defense Department's wide range of international issues, and for supervising a staff of 14 attorneys. Areas of responsibility include legal advice on Department of Defense planning and conduct of military operations in the war on terrorism and the war in Iraq, including the law of armed conflict and war crimes, war powers, coalition relations and assistance, and activities of U.S. forces under international law and relevant UN Security Council Resolutions; arms control negotiations and implementation, non-proliferation, and cooperative threat reduction; status of forces agreements; cooperative research and development programs; international litigation; law of outer space; and multilateral agreements.

He previously served, while on active duty in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps, as Deputy Legal Adviser, National Security Council, 1998-2000, providing the National Security Advisor and senior staff advice on international and domestic law, including constitutional, statutory and administrative law. Responsibilities included Kosovo, Bosnia and other peace operations; legislative and appropriations law; war powers; antiterrorism and diplomatic law; international claims and tribunals; litigation presenting national security and constitutional issues; law of armed conflict; trade and economic sanctions; international negotiations and treaties.

Previous Navy assignments included Deputy Assistant JAG (International & Operational Law), and Deputy DoD Representative for Law of the Sea; Executive Assistant to the Judge Advocate General of the Navy; Legal & Legislative Counsel to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations; Attorney-Adviser, Department of State, Office of Legal Adviser; Legal Counsel, Iceland Defense Force; Legislative Counsel, Navy Office of Legislative Affairs; Legal Counsel, USS NEW JERSEY (BB 62); Senior Defense Counsel/Senior Government Counsel, Naval Legal Service Office; and shipboard and instructor assignments as a Navy Supply Corps officer.

Chuck Allen graduated from Stanford University with an A.B. in Economics; from University of Georgia Law School, where he served as a Research Editor on the Georgia Law Review; and from George Washington University Law School with an LL.M. in International & Comparative Law.