Bogdan Lucian AURESCU

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Bogdan Aurescu took over the position as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania on November 4, 2019. He is a career diplomat (since 1996) and has the diplomatic rank of ambassador (since 2014).

He is member of the UN International Law Commission for a 5-year mandate (2017-2022).

May 6th 2016 and November 4th 2019, he was the presidential adviser for foreign policy of the President of Romania. Between November 24th 2014 and November 17th 2015 he was the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania. He also served as Secretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, managing the fields of strategic affairs (2009-2010; 2012-2014), European affairs (2004-2005; 2010-2012) and global affairs (March - June 2012).

He also served as Undersecretary of State/Government Agent for the European Court of Human Rights (2003-2004), Director General for Legal Affairs (2001-2003), Director for International Law and Treaties (2000-2001), Head of Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs (1999-2000), Deputy Director for International Law and Treaties (1999), Advisor to Minister of Foreign Affairs(1998-1999), attaché (1997-1998) and desk officer (1996-1997) in the Legal and Treaties Directorate.

Since September 2004, Bogdan Aurescu has been Romania’s Agent at the International Court of Justice, coordinating - throughout all the proceedings - the team that represented Romania in the trial with Ukraine on Maritime Delimitation in the Black Sea, which resulted, on the  3rd ofFebruary 2009 with Romania gaining 79.34% of the disputed area (9700 km² of continental land and exclusive economic zone that returned to Romania).

During 2010 and 2011 he was chief negotiator of the the Romanian-American Agreement on missile defense and the Joint Declaration on the Strategic Partnership for the 21st Century between Romania and the USA.

Between July and December 2016, he was a special (honorary) Adviser to the Slovak Presidency of the EU Council for Inter-institutional and Legal Affairs.

He is a university professor within the Department of Public Law of the Faculty of Law - University of Bucharest, where he teaches International Public Law, Diplomatic and Consular Law, International Organizations and Relations, International Jurisdictions, International Law on the Protection of Minorities. He started his teaching activity in 1998, becoming a university assistant (2002), lecturer (2004), reader (2012) and then professor (since 2015). In 2017 he obtains the certificate of empowerment and from 2018 the approval by the Senate of the University of Bucharest of conducting the doctoral activity in the Doctoral School of Law of this University.

He has also taught courses in International Public Law and Treaty Law and in other academic institutions, such as the Diplomatic Academy / Romanian Diplomatic Institute and the National School of Political and Administrative Studies. As well, since 2004 he is an associate professor at the "Nicolae Titulescu" University of Bucharest where he teaches the course of International Jurisdictions within the Master of International and European Law program. In July 2006 he was a visiting professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Hamburg, within the mobility of ERASMUS Teaching Staff.

He is a doctor in legal sciences, specializing in law, with the qualification "very well" and the distinction "Summa cum laude", with the thesis "The concept of sovereignty and the supremacy of international law" (2003). He completed the post-doctoral research program with the "excellent" qualification in the fields of International Law for the Protection of Minorities, International Humanitarian Law, Refugee Law and Criminal Law, with the paper "Evolutions in the relationship between the state and the individual in the field of international human rights protection and of the international protection of persons belonging to national minorities”(2011).

He is a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, a substitute  member of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) of the Council of Europe and an Arbitrator appointed by Romania, in accordance with Article 2 of Annex VII to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. He is also the president of the International Law Section of the International Law and International Relations Association and of the Romanian Branch of the International Law Association (London), chief editor of the Romanian Journal of International Law, a member of the Editorial Board of the Judicial Courier magazine, as well as a member of the Scientific Council of ACTA University Lucian Blaga (Sibiu), respectively of the Journal of Constitutional Law.

As a member of the prestigious UN International Law Commission (2017 - 2022), he has introduced (along with four other ILC members) on the current agenda of the Commission, the topic "Sea-level rise in relation to international law", being co-chairman of the ILC Study Group created for this purpose.

Bogdan Aurescu graduated the National College "Sfântul Sava" (1992), the Faculties of Law (1996, with a Diploma of Merit) and History (1998) of the University of Bucharest, the Franco-Romanian Institute of Business Law and International Cooperation "Nicolae Titulescu - Henri Capitant” (1996) and the National Defense College in Bucharest (2000). In 1996 he attended the Public International Law Session of the International Law Academy in The Hague.

In 2002, he received, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the "Diploma of merit for the exceptional contribution to Romania’s diplomacy", and in 2009 the "Diploma of excellence for special merits in the diplomatic career and the exceptional contribution to the trial "Maritime delimitation in the Black Sea "(Romania vs Ukraine) from the International Court of Justice ”.

He was decorated with the National Order of the Faithful Service in the rank of Knight (2002), the Order of Diplomatic Merit in the rank of Knight (2007), the National Order of Romania Star in the rank of Knight (2009), the Cross of Commander of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland ( 2009), the National Order of the Star of Romania in the rank of Officer (2013), the Gold Medal of the Polish Armed Forces (2013), the National Order of the Legion of Honor in the rank of Knight of the French Republic (2016); National Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, in the rank of High Officer (2018); Commander's Cross with Star of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland (2019).

He is an author, co-author or coordinator of 19 volumes in the field of international law, 30 chapters published in collective volumes, 18 studies published in volumes of international specialized conferences and over 180 articles, studies, comments, reviews published in Romania and foreign magazines, such as Romanian Journal of International Law, Annals of the University of Bucharest-Law Series, Judicial Courier, Annuaire Français de Droit International, The International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law, Helsinki Monitor. Security and Human Rights, European Yearbook of Minority Issues, Hellenic Review of International Law, Chinese Journal of International Law. As an alternate member (independent expert) of the Venice Commission, he was a rapporteur or co-rapporteur for 29 reports, opinions or studies of this institution.

Bogdan Aurescu speaks fluently English and French.

He was born on September 9th 1973.