Bernardo Sepúlveda Amor

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Bernardo Sepúlveda Amor
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Bernardo Sepúlveda Amor
Vice President of the International Court of Justice
In office
6 February 2012 – 6 February 2015
PresidentPeter Tomka
Preceded byPeter Tomka
Succeeded byAbdulqawi Yusuf
Judge of the International Court of Justice
In office
6 February 2006 – 6 February 2015
Preceded byFrancisco Rezek
Succeeded byPatrick Lipton Robinson
Secretary of Foreign Affairs
In office
1 December 1982 – 30 November 1988
PresidentMiguel de la Madrid
Preceded byJorge Castañeda[1]
Succeeded byFernando Solana[1]
Ambassador of Mexico to the United States
In office
16 March 1982 – 30 November 1982[2]
PresidentJosé López Portillo
Preceded byHugo B. Margáin[2]
Succeeded byJorge Espinoza de los Reyes[2]
Personal details
Born (1941-12-14) 14 December 1941 (age 77)
Mexico City[3]
Political partyInstitutional Revolutionary Party (PRI)
Alma materNational Autonomous University
Queens' College, Cambridge

Bernardo Sepúlveda Amor (born (1941-12-14)14 December 1941) is a Mexican diplomat and jurist. He was Secretary of Foreign Affairs during the 1980s under President Miguel de la Madrid and is a former judge of the International Court of Justice.[4][5]


He was born in Mexico City, where he studied law at the National Autonomous University (UNAM, 1964), he then pursued post-graduate studies, specialising in international law at Queens' College, Cambridge in the United Kingdom (1966).[3]

He is a professor of international law and international organisations at El Colegio de México and also teaches at the Matías Romero Institute, his other academic activities have seen him work at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) and the UNAM.

From 16 March to 30 November 1982, he served as Ambassador to the United States of America and from 1989 to 1993, as Ambassador to the United Kingdom. Between those two diplomatic postings from December 1982 to 1988, he served as Secretary of Foreign Affairs under President Miguel de la Madrid. During his time in the Cabinet, he was instrumental in establishing the Contadora Group, which worked to bring peace to Central America, and in the creation of the Grupo de Ocho, since expanded to become the Rio Group.

In 1984 he was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for his international co-operation efforts; the following year, UNESCO awarded him its Simón Bolívar Prize.[4]

In 1996 he was elected to serve on the United Nations International Law Commission; he was re-elected to the same position in 2001.[4] On 7 November 2005 he was elected to a nine-year period as one of the judges of the International Court of Justice.

In 2012, Sepúlveda-Amor was elected by the judges of the ICJ to serve as its vice-president, for a three-year term beginning 6 February 2012.[6]



  1. ^ a b "Bernardo Sepúlveda Amor" (in Spanish). Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores. Retrieved 5 December 2009.
  2. ^ a b c "Mexican ambassadors to the United States" (in Spanish). Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores. April 2008. Archived from the original on September 12, 2009. Retrieved 5 December 2009.
  3. ^ a b Camp, Roderic Ai (1995). Mexican Political Biographies, 1935-1993 (3rd ed.). University of Texas Press. p. 668. ISBN 978-0-292-71181-5. Retrieved 2009-09-23.
  4. ^ a b c "Judge Bernardo Sepúlveda-Amor". International Court of Justice. Archived from the original on 2014-09-11. Retrieved 5 December 2009.
  5. ^ "Juez mexicano es nuevo vicepresidente de la Corte Internacional de la ONU". CNN Mexico. 6 February 2012. Archived from the original on 7 February 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  6. ^ "No. 2012/8" (PDF) (Press release). International Court of Justice. 2012-02-06. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-02-08. Retrieved 2012-02-07.

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