As the executive secretary to the International Criminal Court Conference, Roy S. Lee is responsible for the organization and management of the conference and its subsidiary bodies. Lee joined the United Nations in 1967, and, in 1972, joined the secretariat of the Law of the Sea as the secretary of the First Committee of the Third U.N. Conference on the Law of the Sea. In 1982, upon completion of his assignment, he moved to the Office of Legal Affairs as principal legal officer in the Office of the Legal Counsel. He is the director of the codification division in the Office of Legal Affairs, and also acts as secretary of the International Law Commission, the Sixth (Legal) Committee of the General Assembly, and three other lawmaking bodies.
Lee has taught international law and relations at various law schools in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Canada, and the United States. He is co-author of Manual on Space Law and co-editor of New Directions in the Law of the Sea, and has published more than 30 articles on law of the sea, human rights, nuclear energy, settlement of disputes, ocean management, humanitarian law, terrorism and the question of war crimes, and crimes against humanity. In 1997, he co-edited Increasing the Effectiveness of the International Court of Justice.
Lee holds a law degree from China, a Ph.D from the University of London, and a master’s of law degree from McGill University.