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Monroe Leigh, American lawyer. Bar: Virginia 1947, District of Columbia 1948, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1950. Recipient Superior Honor award Secretary of State, 1977.


Leigh, Monroe was born on July 15, 1919 in South Boston, Virginia, United States. Son of Leander Faulkner and Elizabeth Edmunds (Monroe) Leigh.


He graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 1940 and earned a law degree from the University of Virginia, serving as editor of the Virginia Law Review.


Associate firm, Covington, Burling, Rublee, Acheson & Shorb, 1947-1951; member, United States delegate N. Atlantic Council, London and Paris, 1951-1953; deputy assistant general counsel, Department Defense, 1953-1955; assistant general counsel international affairs, Department Defense, 1955-1959; partner, Steptoe and Johnson, Washington, 1961-1975, 77—; legal adviser, Department State, 1975-1977. Lecturer University of Virginia Law School, 1964-1975, 78-88. Member Permanent Center of Arbitration, The Hague, 1975-1980.

Member of advisory Committee International Investment United States Trade Republican, 1984-1995. Member Legal Adviser's Advisory Committee on Public International Law, since 1993. Member of advisory committee American Law Institute on Foreign Rels.

Law; member chairman's list of panels of conciliators and arbitrators World Bank International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes.


  • Bar: Virginia 1947, District of Columbia 1948, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1950.


  • Other Work

    • Co-editor: National Treaty Law and Practice, 1995. Member board editors American Journal International Law. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Trustee University Virginia Law School Foundation, 1988-1995. Captain United States Army Air Force, 1943-1946. Member American Bar Association (Theberge award 1989, chairman task force on war crimes in Yugoslavia since 1993), International Law Association, American Society International Law (president 1981-1982, honorary president 1990-1992), Council Foreign Relations, Washington Institute Foreign Affairs (president 1998-1999), American Law Institute, Colonnade Club, Cosmos Club, Metropolitan Club, Chevy Chase Club.


Married Mary Gallaher Leigh, April 15, 1951. Children: Edward Monroe, Parker McCollester, Elizabeth Faulkner.

Leander Faulkner Leigh

Elizabeth Edmunds (Monroe) Leigh

Mary Gallaher Leigh

Parker McCollester Leigh

Edward Monroe Leigh

Elizabeth Faulkner Leigh