Alexandre Tavadian is a Canadian national. He is the Principal Legal Advisor, Chief of the legal office and member of the Executive Management Board of NSPA. He provides legal advice to the General Manager and to the Agency's governing body composed of the representatives of all 30 Member Nations of NATO.
Prior to joining NATO, Mr Tavadian worked in a legal capacity in the Secretariat of the United Nations and UNHCR in Beirut, Nairobi, and Bangkok. He appeared as counsel of record before national and international courts and tribunals at all levels, including the United Nations Dispute Tribunal, the United Nations Appeals Tribunal, NATO Administrative Tribunal, and the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.
Prior to joining the United Nations System, he worked as legal counsel in the Department of Justice of Canada, where he represented the interests of the Canadian government before the Federal Courts. He also worked as a lecturer in the Faculty of Law of the University de Montreal.
In addition to a first-level law degree, Alexandre holds two masters' degrees in administrative law and international law from University of Montreal and University of Geneva respectively.