Paul Berman is Legal Director at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office in London. From 2012 to 2020 he served as Director for External Relations and Director for Institutional and Budgetary Affairs in the Legal Service of the Council of the European Union.
Mr Berman holds degrees from the Universities of Oxford and Geneva and is qualified as a barrister in England and Wales. He joined the legal cadre of the British Diplomatic Service in 1991. As well as posts in the Foreign Office in London, he has served as Legal Adviser in the Advisory Service on International Humanitarian Law in the Legal Division of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, as senior International and European Law adviser to the UK Attorney General and as Legal Counsellor and Head of the Legal Section at the UK Permanent Representation to the European Union in Brussels. From 2008 to 2012, Mr Berman was Director of the Cabinet Office European Law Division responsible for the coordination of EU legal advice and litigation across the UK Government.
Mr Berman's responsibilities have covered a wide range of international, European, human rights and public law issues, litigation before international, European and domestic courts and multilateral and bilateral negotiations. He has taken part in the negotiations on the Northern Ireland peace process, in diplomatic conferences and expert meetings relating to the development and application of international humanitarian law, in the Legal Experts Groups of the Intergovernmental Conferences on the Constitutional and Lisbon Treaties as well as advising at Councils and successive European summits. He played a key role both in the adoption in 2005 of the EU's Guidelines on the Promotion of Respect for International Humanitarian Law as well as the establishment in 2018 of annual reports on implementation the Guidelines.
He is a member of the International Institute for Humanitarian Law in San Remo and of the Advisory Board of the Centre for European Law at King's College London and is a contributor to Satow's Diplomatic Practice (OUP).