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Adrian Severin, Member of the Chamber of Deputies (PSD), President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

Adrian Severin
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
Honorary President of OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

Born: March 28, 1954, Bucharest

Nationality: Romanian

Citizenship: Romanian

Civil status

Married to Emilia-Maria, PhD in biology, specialized in ecology and human genetics. Professor and head of human genetics chair at "Carol Davila" University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest.


  • 1974-1978 - Law Faculty at the University of Bucharest
  • LL.D. at the University of Bucharest (1986)
  • Post-graduate studies in economy, management, marketing, industrial property rights at London University Business School, University of Bucharest, University of Timisoara and Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest

Professional Activity

  • Legal adviser at the Romanian Consulting Institute Romconsult (1978-1986)
  • Arbitrator with various commercial arbitration courts since 1987. Presently,
  • Member of the Board with the Romanian Court of Arbitration attached to the Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Member of the American Arbitration Association
  • Member of the Court of Arbitration attached to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia
  • Arbitrator with the International Court of Arbitration attached to the International Chamber of Commerce from Paris
  • Senior Lecturer, teaching "International Commercial Law" and "Civil and Commercial Comparative Law" at Academy for Social and Political Studies, Bucharest (1986-1989) and University of Bucharest (1990-1992)
  • Commercial Law Professor at the National School for Political and Administrative Studies (1993 -  )
  • Commercial Law Professor at the "Titu Maiorescu" University -Bucharest (1999 -  )
  • Senior Partner at the "Racotzi, Predoiu & Partners" Law Office
  • Member of the Committee of Recommendation with the Amsterdam School of International Relations, University of Amsterdam
  • Member of the Advisory Panel of the "Eurobarometer Project" under the auspices of the European Union
  • In-country coordinator within the East-West Institute (USA) Team for the preparation of "The General Political Program for the First and the Third Working Table of the Stability Pact for South-East Europe"
  • Founding Member of the Romanian Academic Society

Political Activity

Political Affiliation

  • Member and Vice-President of the Democratic Party (1992 - April 1999)
  • April 1999-September 2000 - Independent
  • Since September 2000 - Member of PDSR

Executive Branch

  • Member of the Provisory Council of National Union (1990)
  • State Secretary for Privatization at the Ministry of National Economy (1990)
  • Deputy Prime Minister for Reform and Relations with the Parliament (1990-1991)
  • President of the National Agency for Privatization and Development of the Small and Medium Enterprises (1991-1992)
  • Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs (1996-1997)

Parliamentary Branch

  • Member of Parliament, Chamber of Deputies, since 1990. Re-elected for 1992-1996 and 1996-2000.
  • Leader of the Democratic Party Political Parliamentary Group in the Chamber of Deputies (1992-1996)
  • Member and Rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (1993-1996)
  • Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (1995-1996)
  • Vice-President of the Socialist Group of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (1995-1996)
  • Head of the Romanian Delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (1998-1999)
  • Head of the Ad-hoc Committee of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly for Belarus

Other Assignments

  • Co-president of the USA-Romania Action Commission
  • Special Representative of the President of Romania for the South-Eastern European Cooperative Initiative


  • Member of the Board with several companies and commercial banks since 1979 (1.g. Romconsult SA, Romcontrol SA, Romanian Bank for Foreign Trade, Agricultural Bank, Petrol Export SA etc.)
  • Member of the Legal Commission of the Romanian-Yugoslavian Committee on the Danube Hydro Energy and Navigation Iron Gates Project (1987-1990)
  • Member of the Board with the World Assembly for the Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (1992-1994)
  • Member of the Romanian Bar (since 1994)
  • Member of the Romanian Lawyers’ Association (since 1980)
  • Member of the Romanian Association for International Law and International Relations (since 1985; between 1987-1990 secretary of the international law section)
  • Member of the Romanian Society for Comparative Law (since 1986)
  • Founding Member of the Romanian Academic Society (1996)

Publishing Activity

  • Senior Columnist at "Ziua" Journal ("The Day")
  • Senior Columnist at "Lumea" Magazine ("The World")
  • Published Works: Author or co-author of several books and articles on international commercial law, international trade arbitration, comparative civil and commercial law, economic and political reform, international relations (selected list):
    • Collective Legal Entities in Romania (1981)
    • The Settlement of Commercial Disputes between Parties from the COMECON Countries (1989)
    • International Commercial Law. Romanian Regulations on Foreign Trade (1989)
    • The International Selling-Purchasing Contract in Eastern European Countries (1990)
    • The Morning’s Tears/The Weaknesses of Roman's Government (1995)
    • The Challenge of NATO Enlargement (1999)
    • Law in Greater Europe/Towards a Common Legal Area (2000)

Prizes and Awards

  • Honour Prize of the World Assembly for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (WASME)
  • "Euromarket" Prize of the European Market Research Center-Bruxelles
  • "Man of the 20th Century" Award, International Biographical Center, United Kingdom
  • "Pro Merito" Medal, awarded by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
  • "Francisco de Miranda" Order, First Class, Republic of Venezuela
  • "International Understanding" award, presented by the "People to People International Organization" – USA
  • Award of Excelence and "Manfred Worner" medal, presented by the Euro-Atlantic Association "Manfred Worner"
  • Award "Man of the Year", Category "Politicians and Diplomats", Bucharest, January 2001, granted by "NINE O'CLOCK" Publications "for ardent effort aimed at Romania's accession to Euro-Atlantic organizations and to enhancing Romania's prestige in Europe and the entire world".
  • July 17, 2002 - Knight of the National Order of Romania "Faithful Service" for the successful accomplishment of the double mandate as Acting President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and for "his outstanding diplomatic abilities"

Foreign languages

  • English and French (fluent), Spanish, Russian and Italian (fair)


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  • Office: Parliament of Romania, Chamber of Deputies, 2-4, Izvor St., Bucharest, ROMANIA

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