A lawyer by profession, specializing in international and European Union law, arbitration and mediation, Ana Palacio has held the most senior positions in the governing bodies of the Madrid Bar, as well as the European Bar (first vice president and president elect, 2000-2002). She served as Spain’s Foreign Minister (2002-2004) and, at the time, held the most senior post ever filled by a woman in the Spanish government.
As Prime Minister Aznar’s representative to the European Convention and the Convention’s Presidium (2001-2002), Ms. Palacio was at the forefront of the debate on the future of the European Union and actively participated in the drafting and legal discussions pertaining to the reform of the European Treaties.
As Member of the European Parliament (1994-2002), Ms. Palacio chaired the Legal Affairs, the Internal Market Committee and the Justice and Home Affairs Committee. She served as a member of the Spanish Parliament, where she chaired the Joint Committee of the two Houses for European Union Affairs (2004-2006).
As senior vice president and general counsel of the World Bank Group and Secretary General of the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (2006-2008), Ms. Palacio oversaw the international legal aspects of the Institution’s operations.
On top of her commitment to the AJC Transatlantic Institute, Ms. Palacio sits on the International Advisory Board of different think tanks and public institutions, among others: Council on Foreign Relations (US and EU), Notre Europe, Institut Montaigne, Aspen Institute Italia, Instituto de Empresa (IE). Ms. Palacio holds degrees in Law, and Political Science and Sociology; her performance in hAmer degree studies merited the Award for Academic Achievement (Premio Extraordinario Fin de Carrera).