Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania
A career diplomat, Bogdan Aurescu was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs on 24 November 2014.
Between 2009 and 2014 he held the position of State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (February 2009 – August 2010 - State Secretary for Strategic Affairs; August 2010 - February 2012 - State Secretary for European Affairs, also coordinated the Security Policies Directorate; March 2012 - June 2012 - State Secretary for Global Affairs; June 2012 - 24 November 2014 - Secretary of State for Strategic Affairs )
Currently, he has the diplomatic rank of ambassador. He joined the Ministry in 1996, starting his activity within the Legal and Treaties Directorate, as desk officer. Since September 2004, Bogdan Aurescu was the Romanian Agent before the International Court of Justice, coordinating – all along the procedures – the activity of the team which represented Romania in the case against Ukraine before the International Court of Justice on Maritime Delimitation in the Black Sea, finalized on 3 February 2009. Between 2010 and 2011, he was head of the Romanian delegation for the negotiations on the Romanian-American Ballistic Missile Defense Agreement, and of the Joint Declaration on the Strategic Partnership for the 21st Century between Romania and USA.
Bogdan Aurescu is a University Professor within the Public Law Department of the Faculty of Law – University of Bucharest (where he taught or still teaches Public International Law, Diplomatic and Consular Law, International Organisations and International Relations, International Jurisdictions, International Law of Minorities’ Protection) having started his teaching activity in 1998 (university assistant between 2002 and 2004, university lecturer between 2004 and 2012).
He has a PhD in legal sciences with the qualification „very good” and the distinction “Summa cum Laude”, the title of the PhD thesis being “The Concept of Sovereignty and the Primacy of International Law” (2003). He has finalized a post-doctoral advanced research programme with the qualification “excellent” in the fields of International Law of Human Rights, Humanitarian International Law, Refugees Law and Criminal Law, with the subject “Evolutions in the Relation between State and Individual in the Field of International Law of Human Rights and of the International Protection of Persons belonging to National Minorities (2011).
He is author, co-author or editor of 15 volumes in the field of International Law, 20 chapters in volumes, 16 studies in volumes of international conferences and of more than 120 articles, studies, comments and book reviews published in Romanian or foreign journals. As a substitute member (independent expert) of the Venice Commission, he was rapporteur or co-rapporteur for 23 reports, opinions or studies of this body.
Bogdan Aurescu speaks fluently English and French. He was born on 9 September 1973.