A career diplomat, Bogdan Aurescu was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania on 24 November 2014.
On 4 February 2009 he was appointed State Secretary for Strategic Affairs within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Between August 2010 and February 2012, he was Secretary of State for European Affairs and he also coordinated the Security Policies Directorate. Between March 2012 and June 2012, he was Secretary of State for Global Affairs. Between June 2012 and 24 November 2014, he was 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. Between 1998 and 2003 he was successively adviser within the Minister’s Cabinet, deputy director of the Legal and Treaties Directorate, director of the Minister’s Cabinet, director of the Legal and Treaties/International Law and Treaties Directorate, director general of the General Department for Legal Affairs.
Between 2003 and 2004 he was Under-Secretary of State within the Ministry – Government Agent for the European Court of Human Rights, and between 2004 and 2005 Secretary of State for European Affairs. 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.
He is member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (The Hague), substitute member of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) of the Council of Europe, alternate representative of Romania to the Danube Commission and arbitrator designated by Romania according to article 2 of Annex VII to the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea. He is also president of the International Law Section of the Association of International Law and International Relations of the Romanian Branch of the International Law Association (London), editor-in-chief of the Romanian Journal of International Law (Bucharest), member of the Editorial Board of the Judicial Courier (Bucharest) and member of the Scientific Council of the Journal ACTA Universitatis Lucian Blaga (Sibiu).
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 also taught Public International Law and Law of Treaties classes within other academic institutions, such as the Diplomatic Academy/Romanian Diplomatic Institute or the National School of Political and Administrative Studies. Since 2004 he is also associated professor at the “Nicolae Titulescu” University of Bucharest for the Master Programme on International and EU Law, teaching International Jurisdictions. In July 2006 he was visiting professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Hamburg, Germany, within the ERASMUS Teaching Staff mobility programme.
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).
Bogdan Aurescu graduated the National College „Sfântul Sava” (1992), the Faculty of Law (in 1996, “with Merits”) and the Faculty of History of the University of Bucharest (in 1998), the Institut Franco-Roumain du Droit des Affaires et Cooperation Internationale “N.Titulescu-H.Capitant” (1996) and the National Defense College of Bucharest (2000).
In 2002 he was awarded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the “Diploma of merits for outstanding contribution to the diplomatic activity of Romania”. He was conferred the National Orders Faithfull Service (Serviciul Credincios) in the rank of “Knight” (2002), Diplomatic Merit (Meritul Diplomatic) in the rank of “Knight” (2007), The Star of Romania (Steaua României) (2009), in the rank of “Knight”, The Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland (2009), The Star of Romania (Steaua României) in the rank of “Officer” (2013), and the Gold Medal of the Polish Armed Forces (2013).
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, such as Romanian Journal of International Law, Annals of the University of Bucharest – Law Series, Annuaire Français de Droit International, The International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law, Helsinki Monitor. Security and Human Rights, European Yearbook of Minority Issues, Revue Hellenique de Droit International, Chinese Journal of International Law. 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.