Andrew Murdoch is a Legal Director at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). Before then he was a Legal Counsellor and Head of the FCO’s International Institutions and Security Policy team responsible for work including sanctions, security policy, United Nations and International Organisations, and maritime.
Andrew joined the FCO in 2011 after serving in the Royal Navy (RN) where he qualified as a barrister (2000). While serving in the RN, he acted as a prosecutor and defence advocate at courts martial, legal advisor to frontline units, and served at sea as Head of the Logistics Department. He has deployed to support maritime operations in the Middle-East on several occasions, including during the 2003 conflict, and in Bahrain as the Coalition Maritime Force legal adviser. He left the RN in 2011 as Navy's principal internal source of advice on international law.
Andrew has an LL.M from University College London (Distinction), where he was awarded the Georg Swarzenberger Prize in Public International Law by Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (for the highest marks in Public International Law from all University of London colleges). He has published several articles, mainly on piracy and use of force, and continues his role as visiting professor at the International Foundation for Law of the Sea Academy, Hamburg.