Government Relations

The International Maritime Group is committed to ensure compliance with international standards, agreements, treaties and conventions under public and private international law.

As a leading law firm in the field, we have significant experience in preparing Member States of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations (UN), International Labour Organisation (ILO), UNHCR, and others accede and ratify conventions and regional agreements. The experienced legal team at IMG understands the intricate and often overwhelming requirements to bring all of the moving parts together from signature and accession to entry into force and ratification in national legislation.

Our team has helped governments and States join international organizations, lead relevant steering committees, advocate and pass resolutions, draft national legislation and standards to reflect accessions, develop national strategies, amend and revise national standards, and negotiate regional and international agreements.

International Reach

IMG is well-positioned to provide strategic support for your national, international, or multinational matters. IMG has offices and presence across the United States, with clients and matters across six continents. In addition, our network of multilingual and specialized attorneys is available to support you worldwide, no matter how remote.


Tamara Essayyad

For five years, Tamara served as a Senior Legal Adviser to the United Nations where she provided legal counsel on all matters related to the Middle East peace negations, specifically public international law, dispute resolution, treaties, and international organizations.

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Practice Areas

We support governments and international organizations in a range of practice areas, including:

  • Accession to international conventions, treaties, codes, amendments, and ratification in national legislation;
  • Harmonization of legislation;
  • Compliance with national and international laws and standards, including International Maritime Organization (IMO) conventions, United Nations, International Labour Organization (ILO) and others;
  • Submissions and reports to treaty bodies;

  • Conformity with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (“Ruggie Principles”) and Corporate Social Responsibility;

  • Port State Control mechanisms and administration such as the Paris Memorandum of Understanding and the Tokyo Memorandum of Understanding;

  • Contracts and commercial transactions;

  • Public affairs and economic strategies; and
  • Submissions and reports to treaty bodies;

  • Prepare for IMSAS Audit Scheme, compliance with the IMO White List, STCW Convention, SOLAS, MARPOL, Rotterdam Convention, and others.

Services We Provide Nonprofit Organizations


IMG assists business organizations with the creation and review of various corporate agreements and contracts.

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Entity Formation

Forming the right business entity is critical to your business’ success

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Employment Disputes

IMG represents employers and employees in a wide range of employment issues.

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IMG is at the forefront of international trade and maritime services regulation.

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