Steven Hill is Legal Adviser and Director of the Office of Legal Affairs at NATO. As the senior lawyer in NATO, he advises the Secretary General and International Staff on all legal aspects of NATO operations and coordinates NATO activities in the legal field.
Mr. Hill came to NATO after serving as Counselor for Legal Affairs at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. Prior to his work in New York, Mr. Hill led the legal unit at the International Civilian Office in Kosovo. In both roles, his responsibilities included a strong policy component focused on supporting the rule of law in conflict- and post-conflict situations.
He previously worked in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State, where he advised on the law of armed conflict, human rights law, economic sanctions, and the law governing diplomatic premises. He was responsible for negotiating a wide range of bilateral and multilateral instruments, including as chief U.S. negotiator for the landmark U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad from 2004 to 2005. He also served as Counsel in proceedings before the International Court of Justice in 2003 and in several cases before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights from 2006 to 2007.
Mr. Hill also actively engages in teaching and research on international law, including as Visiting Professor of Law at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in China during the 2010-2011 academic year.
Mr. Hill graduated from Yale Law School and Harvard College.