Maria Vicien-Milburn is the General Counsel of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris. As Director of the Office of International Standards and Legal Affairs of UNESCO, she provides advice to the Director-General and to the Member States on all issues relating to the operations of UNESCO and the interpretation and implementation of its Conventions and Recommendations, including those related to cultural property.
Prior to holding this position, Ms. Milburn served as Director of the General Legal Division of the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations in New York, where she was the principal advisor to the Legal Counsel of the UN on all matters relating to the principal organs of the UN (General Assembly, Security Council, etc.), the UN Funds and Programmes, and the Specialized Agencies of the UN.
Ms. Milburn has substantial experience in all aspects of international dispute resolution and litigation involving international organizations, in particular international arbitration and related proceedings and public international law.
Ms. Milburn is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires Law School (Argentina) and received her Master of Laws from Columbia University. She is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Ms. Milburn is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York where she served on the Committees on International Dispute Resolution and Comparative and International Law. She is a director of the American Foreign Law Association and is a member of the ICC's Commission on Arbitration.