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NATO Commander's Legal Advisor

Director of the ACO Office of Legal Affairs

Mr Andres B. Munoz Mosquera

Mr Andres B. Munoz Mosquera is the NATO senior legal advisor for NATO’s Allied Command Operations around the world. He works in partnership with the senior legal advisors of both the NATO International Staff and NATO’s Allied Command Transformation, providing altogether and with their own and distinct legal position, juridical support to NATO bodies’ leadership and decision-makers.

He joined NATO in year 2000 as a civilian and he is the NATO Supreme Commander’s Legal Advisor (Director of the ACO/SHAPE Office of Legal Affairs) since 2014. He served in the Spanish Armed Forces in two cavalry regiments as secretario de causas (case officer/paralegal) and tank commander until 1991. He is a reserve officer at the Spanish La Legion elite unit.

From 1991 to 1999 he worked at the Spanish CHOD as a permanent member of the Spanish inter-ministerial delegation before the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Geneva. In 1994 he deployed in Bosnia i Herzegovina and most recently in Iraq. In BiH he performed press information duties for General Rose. He was involved in the negotiation of anti-sniping agreements and exchange of prisoners and corpses in the area of Sarajevo. In years 1997 and 1998 he was assigned, as a counter-intelligence officer to the identification and collection of evidence of war crimes committed between 1991-1995 to support the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). He has been involved in rule of law matters since 2000 in the Balkans and in the Middle East, and has developed the SHAPE’s concept of legal strategic legal information (legal intelligence) and operations (legal vigilance). He has directed and still does multimillion cases in several courts relating to NATO operations in the Balkans, Afganistán and for permanent headquarters on cases arising out of the implementation of the Host Nation support matters. He has been dual-hatted legal advisor for the NATO Airborne Early Warning (NAEW) Commander and for the NATO Special Operations Headquarters (NSHQ), as well as a judge at the EU SatCen Appeals Board before the Board was absorbed by the European Court of Justice.

Mr Munoz Mosquera is an academic and author of numerous books, book chapters, and academic articles relating to public international law, international institutional law, and international relations (security studies). He has lectured in the Royal Academy of Law and Jurisprudence in Madrid. He is a visiting professor in several universities in Europe and the USA. He held a fellow at the Marine Corps University (2021-2023) and at the Reichman University (2022). He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Center for International Law and Governance), and a member of the Association of American Law Schools. He lectures regularly at the USMA, West Point and National Defence University. He is a member of the Society of the Military Law and Law of War, the Madrid Bar Association and he is also a CCB European Lawyer.

He holds an Honor Graduate for his academic achievement at the Keesler Technical Centre, USA (Law and Electromagnetic Spectrum). He holds the Madrid Bar Award for his works on Legal Resilience. Mr Munoz Mosquera has been awarded fifteen decorations, among them: the NATO meritorious medal, NATO Legal Long Service and the French Republic medal of the Ex-Yugoslavie. He has been knighted twice as Caballero de la Orden de San Hermenegildo, and Caballero de la Imperial Orden de Carlos V.

Mr Munoz Mosquera is a graduate from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts) and from the NATO Defense College (GFOAC). PhD from Leiden University in 2024.

He is Judo black belt and since 2020 leads religious services for the SHAPE International Chapel’s 1951-established Shomrei Shalom community at SHAPE International Chapel.

Andre’s’ motto. The sage Tarfon once said: “You are not required to finish your work, yet neither are you permitted to desist from it.”

שלום ‏ειρήνη мир ‏سلامة Paz Paix Peace Pax ‏

Updated April 2024

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