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NATO Commander's Legal Advisor

Director of the ACO Office of Legal Affairs

Mr Andres B. Munoz Mosquera

Mr Munoz Mosquera was born in Poissy (France). He is the senior NATO legal advisor for the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) and its Allied Command Operations (ACO) reporting directly to the Supreme Commander. Mr. Munoz Mosquera is the 5th Legal Advisor of SHAPE and its Command, leading the 100 legal advisors and other legal personnel of ACO.

Mr Munoz Mosquera joined NATO in 2000 as a civil servant and became the Director of the ACO/SHAPE Office of Legal Affairs in 2014. He served in two cavalry regiments as secretario de causas (case officer/paralegal) and tank commander until 1991. From 1991 to 1999 he worked for the Spanish Chief of Defense as a permanent member of the inter-ministerial delegation before the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). He has been involved in rule of law matters since 2000 and has developed the SHAPE’s concept of legal operations/legal vigilance. Formerly, 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 judge at the EU SatCen Appeals Board.

In 1994 he deployed in Bosnia i Herzegovina with UNPROFOR and 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 served as a SFOR counterintelligence officer for the identification and collection of evidence of war crimes committed between years 1991-1995.

Mr Munoz Mosquera is author of numerous academic publications relating to international law and international relations. He has been visiting professor of the UNICIT in Nicaragua. He lectures in high education centres and holds a fellow at Marine Corps 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 a honoris causa Master in International Relations from UNICIT and is an Honor Graduate for his academic achievement at the Keesler Technical Centre, USA. He holds the Madrid Bar Award for his works on legal resilience. Mr Munoz Mosquera has been awarded several decorations, among them: the NATO meritorious medal, and the French Republic medal of the Ex-Yugoslavie. He is Caballero de la Orden de San Hermenegildo.

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

Updated September 2022

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