Jorge E. Illueca, who was elected President of the thirty-eighth session of the General Assembly, has served as Vice-President of Panama from August 1982. Prior to this appointment he was Minister of Foreign Affairs of his country.
From 1976 to 1981, Mr. Illueca served as Panama's Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
Born in Panama City on 17 September 1918, Mr. Illueca was educated at the University of Panama, the Harvard Law School and the University of Chicago Law School. He received a Bachelor of Law and Political Science degree in 1942 and a Doctor of Law degree in 1955.
From 1962 to 1963 and from 1966 to 1968, Mr. Illueca was a Professor at the University of Panama; from 1963 to 1964 and from 1966 to 1968, he was President of the National Bar Association of his country; and from 1963 to 1954 and again from 1967 to 1968, he was director of the newspaper El Panama America.
In 1354, Mr. Illueca was Special Ambassador of Panama to the United States to begin negotiations for a new Panama Canal treaty and in 1972 was Special Envoy to Washington, D.C. in connection with negotiations on the new treaty.
Mr. Illueca led the Panamanian delegation to the second session of the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea, held in Caracas in 1974, and to the fourth session, held at United Nations Headquarters in 1976.
He has served as a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague for two consecutive terms, from 1974 to 1982. Since 1982 he has been a member of the United Nations International Law Commission.
Mr. Illueca is married and has four children.