Professor János Martonyi is a Doctor of Law and Political Sciences obtaining his PhD in law and political sciences in 1979, as well as a politician, legal scholar, diplomat, attorney, and university professor. Between 1984 and 1994, he held different positions in the Ministry of Foreign Trade and in the Ministry of Trade, then from 1994 to 1998 served as Administrative State Secretary in the Ministry for International Economic Relations and at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Later on, he was an attorney and managing partner at Baker & McKenzie’s local office. He was the Foreign Minister of Hungary during the first and second Orbán Government (1998–2002, 2010–2014).
Since 1987 he has given lectures at several universities, including the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of ELTE, the Szeged University of Sciences, the College of Europe in Brugge and Natolin (Warsaw), and Central European University. He is member of the Batthyány Circle of Professors and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He is author of numerous articles and essays in the field of international economic and trade law, competition law, European integration, cooperation in Central Europe, geopolitics, and global regulations.
He is an international arbitrator and member of the Panel of Arbitrators of ICSID (International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes).
Professor Martonyi has been awarded the Commander’s Cross with the Star of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary, National Order of the Legion of Honour of France (commander’s and officer’s rank), National Order of Merit of France, as well as British, Austrian, Polish and Bulgarian state decorations.