Carlyle E. Maw

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Carlyle Elwood Maw (October 13, 1903 – December 1, 1987) was Under Secretary of State for International Security Affairs from July 10, 1974 to September 17, 1976. Born in Provo, Utah, he graduated from Brigham Young University and from Harvard Law School.

He had been an attorney in New York City when he went to work for Henry Kissinger as a legal advisor. He was appointed on November 23, 1973 and held this post from November 27, 1973 to July 9, 1974. Later, as Undersecretary he acted as the President's Special Representative at the 1975 Law of the Sea conferences. After his return to private practice he also served as chair of the Public Advisory Committee on the Law of the Sea. He died in 1987 in Washington, DC.

He had two sons and one daughter.


  • What Law Now for the Seas, edited by Carlisle Maw, May 1984.

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Preceded by
John R. Stevenson
Legal Adviser of the Department of State
November 27, 1973 – July 9, 1974
Succeeded by
Monroe Leigh