Mariana Durney is an expert and advisor in International Law, with practical experience in international affairs. She is Professor of Public International Law in the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. She teaches specialized courses at the Heidelberg Center for Latin-America, the Diplomatic Academy of Chile, and other Chilean Universities.
Through her career Professor Durney has served as legal counsel to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Chile, occupying different high-level positions and representing her country in various bilateral and multilateral international forums. Her last appointment was as Director-General for Legal Affairs of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Previously, she held the position of Director for Boundaries at the National Department of State Borders and Boundaries, becoming the first woman to serve in that post. She has been legal advisor for the last three Chile cases before the International Court of Justice and was the legal team’s General Coordinator in one of them.
Currently, she is Legal Counsel at the Embassy of Chile in Argentina.
Mrs. Durney holds a degree in Law from the University of Chile and has Master of Laws degrees from Heidelberg University, University of Chile, and Complutense University of Madrid. She also has several specialization studies abroad in International Law and Law of the Sea.
Professor Durney is a member of the Board of the Chilean Society of International Law and is a member of the Latin-American Society of International Law, of the European Society of International Law, and the American Society of International Law, among other professional bodies.