Ana Palacio

Member of the Spanish Council of State; former Foreign Affairs Minister of Spain

Ana Palacio is an international lawyer specializing in international and European Union law. She is a member of the Council of State of Spain (2012). She is a member of the Board of Enagás (2014), the Technical Manager of the Spanish Gas System, and Pharmamar (2009), a leading biotechnology company. She is a member of the International Board of Investcorp (2008), Office Chérifien des Phosphates (2016) and European House-Ambrosetti (2016). She is a member of the Scientific Council of the Real Instituto Elcano (2015); a member of the Executive Committee of the Boards of the Atlantic Council of the United States; a member of the World Economic Forum’s US Global Agenda Council (2014); and a member of the Board of the Fondation pour le droit continental (2015). She is a visiting professor at the Edmund E. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University (2014 and 2015). 

Ms. Palacio served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain (2002-2004) and was a member of the Spanish Parliament (2004-2006) where she chaired the Joint Committee of the two Houses for European Union Affairs. She has been Senior Vice-President and General Counsel of the World Bank Group and Secretary General of ICSID (2006-2008). From 1994 until 2002, she was a member of European Parliament where she chaired the Legal Affairs and Internal Market Committee, the Justice and Home Affairs Committee, as well as the Conference of Committee Chairs. She has been a member of the Executive Committee and Senior Vice-President for International Affairs of AREVA (2008-2009). 

Ms. Palacio has been awarded the 2016 Sandra Day O’Connor Justice Prize, awarded by the O’Connor School of Law at Arizona State University for extraordinary contributions to the rule of law, justice and human rights. Ms. Palacio publishes regularly in periodicals and journals. In particular, she maintains a monthly column at Project Syndicate.


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