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Francesc Vendrell

Adjunct Professor of International Relations


Mediator-in-Residence, UN Department of Political Affairs, 2014-15; Senior Visiting Fellow, LSE, London since 2011; Chair of the Board of the Afghanistan Analysts Network since 2010; and Senior Adviser, Inter-Mediate, London since 2012. Special Representative of the European Union for Afghanistan (2002-2008); Personal Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Special Mission for Afghanistan (2000-2002). In a diplomatic career spanning forty years, thirty-four with the UN and over six with the EU, has been involved in mediating a variety of conflicts; EU special representative for Afghanistan; UN Special Envoy for Afghanistan, Bangladesh, East Timor, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Myanmar, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Central America; has served as director of the Asia and Pacific Division at the UN Department of Political Affairs and as director for Europe and Americas in the Office of the UN Secretary-General; previously an appointed diplomat-in-residence and visiting professor at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University; a lecturer of Constitutional Law at the University of Papua New Guinea, director of studies at the Hague Academy of International Law and adjunct professor at Yale University and Rutgers University; Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George; holds the Order of Wazir Akhbar Khan of Afghanistan; Honorary Degree, Ramon Llull University, Barcelona (2015); MA, University of Cambridge; LLB, King's College London; Bachelor in law, Barcelona University.

Publications: Author of a series of articles on Mediation and on Afghanistan.




  • East Asia
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • South Asia
  • Southeast Asia


  • Conflict Resolution and Negotiation
  • Human Rights and Democracy
  • International Law


  • Catalan
  • French
  • Spanish

In the News

Afghanistan and Mrs. Clinton’s epiphany.

Francesc Vendrell cited in The Friday Times, 05/07