Juan Antonio Yáñez-Barnuevo


Juan Antonio Yáñez-Barnuevo, Ambassador of Spain

Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (The Hague), as well as arbitrator and conciliator of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (New York). Member of the Board of Trustees and of the Executive Commission of the Elcano Royal Institute of International and Strategic Studies (Madrid). Has been State Secretary for Foreign Affairs (2010-2011), Permanent Representative to the United Nations (2004-2010 and 1991-1996), Head of the International Legal Department of the Foreign Ministry (2002-2004), Head of the Delegation to the Rome Conference and signatory of the Statute of the International Criminal Court as well as the I.C.C. Assembly of States Parties (1997-2004), Head of the International Department of the Prime Minister’s Office (1982-1991) and Deputy Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe (1978-1982). Has also been head of the fact-finding delegation sent by the Socialist International to the Western Sahara (2015); mediator, on behalf of the King and the Government of Spain, between Argentina and Uruguay about their differences regarding the bordering Uruguay river (2006-2007) and member and vice-president of the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (Geneva) (2002-2006). Diploma in International Law (Cambridge University, 1976) and Master in Laws (Madrid University, 1963). Among other awards for his dedication to the development of international criminal justice, he was chosen as “Jurist of the Year” in 1998 (Law School, Madrid Complutense University).