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Paul L. Oostburg Sanz

Paul L. Oostburg Sanz

Paul Luis Oostburg Sanz (born October 21, 1969) is the current United States General Counsel of the Navy.[1]


Paul L. Oostburg Sanz was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico in 1969. received a B.A. from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. After law school, he clerked for Judge José A. Fusté of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. He conducted political party training in South Africa during the 1994 South African election, as a Project Officer for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies; and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guinea-Bissau. He has also worked as a Graduate Fellow for the United States Agency for International Development in Mozambique and the United States Department of State in Liberia. Oostburg Sanz then joined the staff of the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs as the Democratic Deputy Chief Counsel. In this position, he provided legal expertise to the Committee’s Ranking Member on legislation and issues related to the Western Hemisphere, foreign assistance, and non-military security assistance. In January 2007, he became General Counsel of the United States House Committee on Armed Services. In this capacity, he was largely responsible for the drafting of the Military Commissions Act of 2009. In 2010, President of the United States Barack Obama nominated Oostburg Sanz as General Counsel of the Navy, and Oostburg Sanz entered office on March 12, 2010.

On March 24, 2013, when Admiral Bruce MacDonald's three year term as Guantanamo Convening Authority expired Sanz was appointed to serve as the fourth Convening Authority—on an interim basis.[2][3]


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  2. Carol Rosenberg (2013-03-24). "Navy's top lawyer named interim military commissions chief". Miami Herald. Archived from the original on 2013-05-15. 
  3. Charlie Savage (2013-05-14). "Lawyers Press Pentagon to Abide by Detainee Deal". New York Times. p. A14. Archived from the original on 2013-05-15. "“Noor has kept both the letter and spirit of his promises under the plea agreement, but the government has not,” the filing says. “More than two years have passed since the written plea agreement was signed by the government, and yet the convening authority continues to delay in carrying out the procedural steps necessary to pave the way for Noor’s release and repatriation. As a matter of contract law and basic fairness, the plea agreement between Noor and the government should be enforced.”" 
Government offices
Preceded by
Frank Jimenez
Anne M. Brennan (acting)
General Counsel of the Navy
March 12, 2010 – Present
Succeeded by

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