Michael Bliss is currently the Legal Adviser (International) and Assistant Secretary of the International Legal Branch at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra, and is concurrently a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University’s Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy.
Prior to taking up his role as Legal Adviser Michael served as Assistant Secretary and head of the International Organisations Branch. Michael served as Political Coordinator for Australia’s Security Council team during Australia’s 2013-14 term on the Council. This was his second posting to New York; he previously served as Legal Adviser at the Australian Permanent Mission to the UN from 2001-2004. Michael has served in a range of international law roles in Canberra, and as Minister Counsellor in Jakarta for four years (2008-12), heading the Embassy’s Political and Economic Branch.
He has a bachelor’s degree in law from UNSW and an LLM from Columbia University, which he attended as a Fulbright Scholar. He has also taught as an adjunct lecturer at Columbia University School of Law.