Part of the Annual Geoffrey Sawer Lecture series
Jeffrey Bleich presented his credentials to Governor General Quentin Bryce on 26 November 2009, as the 24th American ambassador to the Commonwealth of Australia. On 11 September 2009, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Jeffrey Bleich to be the next US Ambassador to Australia.
On 10 November 2009, he was conﬁ rmed by the United States Senate. Mr Bleich served as Special Counsel to the President at the White House. From 1995 to 2009, he was a litigation partner in the San Francisco ofﬁ ce of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, where he was recognised as one of the nation’s top lawyers.
Outside of his legal practice, Mr Bleich has a long-standing commitment to international law. After clerking for Judge Howard Holtzmann at the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal and acting as Special Rapporteur to the International Court of Arbitration, he assisted the Special Prosecutor for the International Tribunal for the Former-Yugoslavia. He has taught international human rights at UC Berkeley’s School of Law, and written and lectured extensively on the international criminal court.