Bruce Rashkow has worked in government as a career civil servant since 1970. In 1982, following more than a decade working in the Department of Justice, he transferred to the Office of the Legal Adviser of the Department of State. In 1995, Rashkow joined the United Nations as the highest-ranking American in the Office of Legal Affairs. He served at the United Nations for 10 years before returning to the Department of State in 2005, first as a senior policy adviser in the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and later as head of the Mission’s Management and Reform Section. At the Department of Justice, Rashkow was responsible for an array of issues relating to the adjacent seas and seabed. His responsibilities included litigation with the U.S. coastal states, including the Supreme Court, and legislation relating to the regulation and exploitation of offshore resources. He participated on behalf of the Department of Justice in the development of the 1982 U.N. Law of the Sea Convention.
In 1982, he was brought over to the Office of the Legal Adviser in the Department of State to head an office preparing the case of the United States in the World Court with Canada over rights in the adjacent seas and seabed, and stayed on to deal with other matters. Rashkow became the principal lawyer in the office responsible for issues relating to the diplomatic privileges and immunities of foreign missions and diplomats in the United States, including those matters regarding the United Nations and other international organizations headquartered in the U.S., as well as U.S. missions and diplomats abroad. He went on to serve as the principal lawyer in the office responsible for the full range of issues relating to the U.N., including the Security Council and the General Assembly, as well as issues relating generally to other international organizations.
Rashkow received his law degree from DePaul College of Law, conducting his post-graduate studies in international law at Oxford University. He also attended the University of Wisconsin.