Michael Wood (lawyer)

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Sir Michael Charles Wood KCMG (born 5 February 1947) is a member of the International Law Commission. He was the principal Legal Adviser to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office between 1999 and 2006. During 35 years as a lawyer in the FCO, he attended many international conferences, including the United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea. He now practices as a barrister from chambers at 20 Essex Street, in London.[1]

Wood gave evidence to the Iraq Inquiry in November 2009 and in January 2010, in which he stated that he advised Jack Straw, then Foreign Secretary, that the invasion of Iraq was illegal without a second United Nations resolution.[2]

Wood was Principal Legal Advisor at International Court of Justice advisory opinion on Kosovo's declaration of independence.


  1. ^ http://www.20essexst.com/member/sir-michael-wood
  2. ^ Townsend, Mark; Helm, Toby; Syal, Rajeev (24 January 2010). "Iraq war was illegal, top lawyer will tell Chilcot inquiry". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 26 January 2010.

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