Ken Frankel is the Legal Advisor to the Secretary General and Director of the Department of Legal Services of the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States. His office advises the General Secretariat and its committees and hemispheric offices, OAS political bodies, member missions, specialized Inter-American organizations (including the Inter-American Commission of Women and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture) and special missions (including the OAS Electoral Observation Missions, the Mission to Support the Colombian Peace Process, and the Honduran Truth Commission). He advises on public and private international, domestic, multilateral and administrative law.
Mr. Frankel is an Adjunct Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law, where he teaches a course on international business negotiations.
Prior to joining the OAS in May, 2008, Mr. Frankel was Chair of the Latin American Practice Group at Torys (New York and Toronto), general counsel at Alcatel Canada, chief international counsel at Alcatel España, chief counsel at Alcatel Polska, and chief counsel, Latin America (wireless) at Alcatel Germany. Mr. Frankel has managed commercial transactions and disputes in Latin America, North America, Europe and Asia, with particular expertise in acquisitions, strategic alliances, outsourcing, joint ventures, and consortium arrangements in infrastructure projects. He is admitted to practice in the US (several states) and Ontario.
Mr. Frankel served as a consultant to the World Bank on corporate and arbitration law reform in Bolivia and pro bono as the first program coordinator for the USAID/American Bar Association program on legal reform in Honduras and Guatemala. Following law school, Mr. Frankel clerked for Federal District Court Judge Eugene P. Spellman in Miami. Prior to attending law school, he worked in Mexico as a historian with John Womack (Harvard University) as a Reynolds Fellow, and in Mexico and Central America as a political writer as a Dartmouth Public Affairs Fellow. He also studied in Quito Ecuador on a Rotary Club scholarship. Ken received his A.B. cum laude and with High Distinction in Latin American Studies from Dartmouth College, and his JD from Northeastern University.
Mr. Frankel’s op-ed columns and book reviews on hemispheric affairs have appeared in the Globe and Mail, the National Post, the Ottawa Citizen, the Toronto Star, the Miami Herald and Reforma (Mexico). He is a frequent guest commentator and lecturer on hemispheric affairs for Canadian television (CBC, BNN, CTV, TVO) and radio, and at legal and public affairs conferences.
Mr. Frankel is Chair of the Canadian Council for the Americas (CCA), formerly a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Foundation of the Americas (FOCAL) and formerly on the Board of Advisors of the Latin American Advisor published by the Inter-American Dialogue (Washington D.C.) His most recent speech is available here.
Degrees & Universities
- A.B, Dartmouth College (cum laude, with High Distinction in Latin American Studies)
- J.D., Northeastern University School of Law