Eden is a former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Deputy Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations, New York. He has expertise and experience in bilateral and multilateral negotiations, public international law, the law of the sea, international criminal law and multilateral diplomacy.
He was appointed by the CARICOM Conference of Heads and State and Government as Lead Negotiator for the Member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), for the United Nations Diplomatic Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), where he also served as Lead Negotiator for that Conference on the Scope of the ATT.
He was elected Chairman of the Sixth Committee (Legal Affairs) of the United Nations General Assembly for its 70th Session, and was appointed by the President of the United Nations General Assembly, as the first Chairman of the Preparatory Committee for the conclusion of a new international legally binding agreement under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ).
A firm believer in multilateralism as a means to resolve global issues, Mr. Charles, was the Coordinator of the annual UNGA resolution on Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea for 4 years, and is a former facilitator of the working groups on the allocation of seats to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, as well as the workload of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf.
He has also facilitated or chaired and provided legal opinions and advice on other complex negotiations of working groups on other facets of international law at the UN and other forums. He also served as a member of the legal team in the Barbados/Trinidad and Tobago arbitration under Part XV and Annex VII of UNCLOS emanating from the dispute for the settlement of a maritime boundary delimitation treaty and a fisheries agreement, and was also a member of the negotiating team for the conclusion of a maritime boundary agreement between Trinidad and Tobago and St Vincent and the Grenadines, and has been part of drafting committees to develop mining codes for the prospecting and exploration of deep seabed minerals in the maritime zone beyond national jurisdiction.
Over the years, he has also represented his country on negotiations for bilateral air services agreements, extradition treaties, and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
He recently served as a member of a team of 12 persons appointed by the International Seabed Authority to formulate a legal regime on liability for harm in the Area beyond national jurisdiction for activities resulting from deep seabed mining, and has drafted a paper on the Scope of the issue, and currently is an independent consultant on International law. Mr. Charles currently serves as special representative of the secretary general of the International Seabed Authority for the Enterprise.
His writings can be found in the Commonwealth Law Journal among other publications.