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diplomat , educator , Lawyer , writer

Charles Maechling, American Lawyer, diplomat, educator, writer. Bar: New York 1949, District of Columbia 1957. Recipient Ross Essay award American Bar Association, 1969.


Maechling,, Charles was born on April 18, 1920 in New York City. Son of Charles and Eugenie H. Maechling.


Attended, Birch Wathen School, New York City, 1924-1937;Bachelor with honors, Yale University, 1941;Bachelor of Laws, University of Virginia, 1949.


Associate Sullivan & Cromwell, New York City, 1949-1951. Attorney Office Secretary Air Force, 1951-1952. Counsel Electronics Industries Association, Washington, 1953-1956.

Founding partner Shaw, Pittman. Director for internal defense Department State, 1961-1963. Staff director cabinet level special group and special assistant to undersecretary Averell Harriman, 1963-1966.

Deputy and general counsel National Science Foundation, 1966-1971, special assistant to director, 1972-1974. Professor law University Virginia, 1974-1976. Special counsel New York law firms, 1976-1981.

Senior associate Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1981-1985. Visiting fellow, member law faculty Cambridge University (Wolfson College), England, 1985-1988. Guest scholar international law Brookings Institute, Washington, 1989-1993.

International arbitrator and consultant, from 1993. Legal adviser international matters National Academy of Sciences, 1970-1983, member ocean policy committee. Member law-of-sea and other advisory committees Department State.

Counsel Central Intelligence Agency Propreitaries, 1959-1998. Adjunct professor Georgetown University Law School, School International Service, American University. Member advisory board International Peace Academy.

Lecturer United States Defense Schools, also Hague Academy International Law. Arbitrator complex international cases American Arbitration Association.


  • Bar: New York 1949, District of Columbia 1957.


Board directors Council for Ocean Law, Washington Institute Foreign Affairs. Member United States Committee for IIASA, advisory board. Outside counsel to Central Intelligence Agency, 1957-1960.

From ensign to lieutenant Commander United States Naval Reserve, 1941-1947, at sea and secretariat Joint Chiefs Staff, 1943-1944, delegate 1943 Cairo Conference, United Nations Law of Sea Conference, 1971-1982. Assistant naval attache Peru, 1945-1947. Member of American Bar Association (Ross Essay award 1969), American Society International Law, Yale Club (New York City), Cosmos Club (Washington), City Tavern Club (Washington).


  • Other Interests

    Avocation: languages.


Married Janet Leighton, September 2, 1944. Children: Philip Leighton and Eugenie Elisabeth (Mistress David Buchan).

Charles Maechling,

Eugenie H. Maechling,

Janet Leighton

Philip Leighton and Eugenie Elisabeth Maechling, (Mistress David Buchan)