14 September 2006

Biographical Note

Juan Manuel Gomez-Robledo of Mexico Chairman of Sixth Committee

NEW YORK, 13 September (UN Headquarters) -- The Deputy Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations, Juan Manuel Gomez-Robledo, was elected Chairman of the Sixth Committee (Legal) for the sixty-first session of the General Assembly on 8 June.

From 2000 until his appointment as Deputy Permanent Representative, he was Legal Counsel to his country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For two years before that, he was Minister and then Deputy Permanent Representative of Mexico's Permanent Mission to the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C.

Between 1995 and 1998, Mr. Gomez-Robledo served as Counsellor (Humanitarian and Disarmament Affairs) of Mexico's Permanent Mission in Geneva. From 1993 to 1994, he was Chief of Staff and later Chef de Cabinet in the Office of the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

After entering the foreign service in 1988, Mr. Gomez-Robledo rose to become Special Assistant to the Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1992 to 1993.

The author of several publications on international law, peace and security, he was Director of the Graduate Seminar on International Humanitarian Law, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City (2001); Professor of Public International Law at El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico City (1992-1993); and Professor of Public International Law at Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City (1984-1986).

Born in Mexico City on 5 March 1959, he was educated at the Université de Paris, where he graduated in 1980 and earned a master's degree in public law in 1982. Also in 1982, he gained a diploma in international relations from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris.

He is married and has four children.

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