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Profile: Paul Oostburg Sanz, General Counsel of the Department of the Navy

sanz_paul_smallPaul Oostburg Sanz serves as general counsel of the Department of the Navy, where he oversees the naval criminal investigative service and advises senior Navy and U.S. Marine Corps officials on various law matters.

He also serves as the senior ethics officer, with oversight on the department’s Alternative Dispute Resolution program.

Oostburg Sanz was the interim convening authority for military commissions and interim director of the office of military commissions between March 20, 2013, and Sept. 30, 2014.

Oostburg Sanz also served as general counsel for the committee on armed services in the House of Representatives from January 2007 until his appointment as the Navy’s general counsel.

Before Oostburg Sanz joined HASC, he served as the deputy chief counsel for the committee on international relations in the House of Representatives, where he advised the committee’s ranking member on legislation and issues related to the Western Hemisphere, foreign aid and non-military security assistance.

Oostburg Sanz holds a bachelor’s degree from the Walsh School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University, a master in public affairs degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School.

 

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