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BO Folke Johnson THEUTENBERG
Born 1942 in Trollhättan, Sweden
Juris Doctor (Doctor of Law), Professor of International Law
Ambassador and the Chief Legal Adviser in International law of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden 1976 – 1987 etc
(for more details see below)
1962 “Studentexamen” and starting at the Royal Swedish Airforce officer education
1963 Legal studies at the University of Uppsala
23 June 1965 Sc Lieutenant (fänrik) of the Royal Swedish Airforce (res)
27 May 1966 Attaché at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm
15 September 1966 Master of Law at the University of Uppsala
20 June 1967 First Lieutenant (löjtnant) of the Royal Swedish Airforce (res) (1965 – 1988 service regularly at the Swedish Airforce Surveillance and Alert Command in the Eastern Military District covering the Baltic and the Soviet Union; later on service in the Defence Staff)
7 September 1967 Diplomatic service at the Swedish Embassies in Baghdad and Kuwait and Acting Head of the Swedish Embassy’s Division for the Protection of British Interests in Iraq
11 January 1969 Service at the Swedish Consulate General in New York and at the Swedish Delegation to the United Nations, and Delegate to the 24th General Assembly and different UN Committees and organs
10 August 1970 Head of Section at the Political Department of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm.
21 January 1971 Associated to the Swedish Defence Research Institute (FOA), Stockholm.
25 January 1971 Juris Licentiate (jur.lic) in International Law at the University of Stockholm.
31 May 1972 Juris Doctor (Doctor of Law) in International Law at the University of Stockholm on the concept of “sovereignty”
1 July 1972 Captain of the Royal Swedish Airforce (res) (1965 – 1988 service regularly at the Swedish Airforce Surveillance and Alert Command in the Eastern Military District covering the Baltic and the Soviet Union; later on service in the Defence Staff)
14 September 1972 Associate Professor in International Law at the University of Stockholm.
1 November 1974 Diplomatic service at the Swedish Embassy in Moscow, the Soviet Union
1 November 1976 The Chief Legal Adviser in International law of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm (UD: s Folkrättssakkunnige)
From 1978 with the rank of Ambassador
In 1982 appointed Ambassador at the Foreign Ministry Leader and Member of several Delegations and Committees, i a delegate to the U N General Assemblies 1976- 1987, the Swedish CSCE-delegations (Conference on the European Security), the Disarmement Delegation, the Delegation on the development of the Humanitarian laws of War in Armed Conflicts; Neutrality-, Defence-, and Submarine Intrusion questions as well as matters related to International Environmental Law and Polar ( Arctic and Antartic) matters (click Sweden and Antarctica; was responsible for the exploritative talks/negotiations 1984-1987 with the Soviet Union regarding the border delimitations in the Baltic; with Denmark regarding delimitations in the Kattegat and the Straits; The "Hesselö Case”
1 July 1977 Lecturer and Examiner in International Law at the Uppsala University, the Swedish National Defence College (FHS) and the Swedish Military Academy (MHS), Stockholm
25 October 1978 Sworn in as Judge at the Svea Court of Appeal, Stockholm
1980 – 1982 “Contact-person” between Sweden and the Holy See (the Vatican) in special matters and “negotiator” between Sweden and the Holy See for the preparation to open formal diplomatic relations in 1982 (click The Holy See, the Order of Malta and International law)
June 1981 Member of the Excutive Committe and lecturer at the Joint UNITAR – Uppsala University Seminar 9-18 June 1981 on “International law and Organisation for a New World Order” with the lecture “Changes in the Norms Guiding the International Legal System” – History and Contemprary Trends
5 November 1981 Principal author of the Swedish Note of Protest 5 November 1981 to the Soviet Union after the U-137- submarine Intrusions in "Gåsefjärden" in the Karlskrona archipelago (click Diaries from the Foreign Ministry and Folkrätten i svensk utrikespolitik)
4 February 1982 Appointed Ambassador of the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs (as the Chief Legal Adviser in International law of the Foreign Ministry)(click here)
1983 Principal author of the Swedish Note of Protest 26 April 1983 to the Soviet Union after the Submarine Intrusions in Hårsfjärden in the Stockholm Archipelago autumn 1982 (click Diaries from the Foreign Ministry and Folkrätten i svensk utrikespolitik)
1979 – 1987 Lecturer in "Islamic Law" (the Shari´a-law) at the Universities of Uppsala, Oslo, Stockholm, Lund, Cairo, Jerusalem and at the Hague Academy of International Law at the Hague, as well as at the Al Azhar University in Cairo
1984 Published the book The Evolution of the Law of the Sea, A Study of Resources and Strategy with Special Regard to the Polar Areas, Dublin 1984 (Tycooly International Publishing Ltd) (A Study on the new Law of Sea’s effects on Exploitation and Strategy in the Arctic, in particular related to the operations f the strategic submarines of the Soviet Union and NATO in the Arctic waters
1 July 1984 Professor of International Law at the University of Stockholm.
October 1984 Adviser to the Government of Lesotho concerning its relations with South Africa
January 1985 Participated in the Workshop on the Antarctic Treaty System in January 1985 held at the Beardmore Glacier, Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica. Visited the Scott Amundsen Scientific Base at the South Pole on 10 January 1985, where I planted the Swedish flag on the South Pole as a symbol of Sweden’s intention to become a Consultative Party to the Antarctic Treaty of 1959, which Sweden became at a meeting in Paris in 1988 (click Sweden and Antarctica).
10 October 1986 Major of the Royal Swedish Airforce (res) (1965–1988 service regularly at the Swedish Airforce Surveillance and Alert Command in the Eastern Military District covering the Baltic and the Soviet Union; later on service in the Defence Staff)
10 April 1987 Chief Legal Adviser to the Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces (ÖB) in accordance with Article 82 of the Additional Protocols to the 1949 Geneva Conventions, and responsible for the establishment of the new organisation of legal adviser in the Armed Forces).
10 May 1987 Resigned at own request from the post as the Chief Legal Adviser of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs; duration 11 years
(after eleven years on the post and considering the increasing radicalisation of the Swedish foreign policy, leaning all the more towards a pronounced leftist foreign policy, together with a longstanding “blindness” for the unacceptable Human Rights situation in Communist Soviet Union and the annexed Baltic States I saw no other possibilities than to resign from the post as Chief Legal Adviser in International law. I am convinced that a firmer Swedish policy towards this totalitarian state would have contributed to the fall of the Soviet Union and the Communism much earlier than 1991-1992, when the system actually disintegrated and just fell apart. Further click Diaries from the Foreign Ministry and Folkrätten i svensk utrikespolitik)
10 May 1987 Ambassador at the Foreign Ministry and Chief Negotiator for international Polar questions regarding the Arctic and Antarctica. Head of Swedish delegations to the Svalbard Islands, Greenland and Canada and Antarctica (Head of Swedish delegations to the Antarctic Treaty System, including the Mineral Resources Regime-negotiations and the CCAMLR- Convention (protection of the Antarctic Marine Living Resources; member of several international Committees and Groups related to the Arctic and Antarctica. Planted the Swedish flag at the Scott Amundsen Base at the South Pole on 10 January 1985 (click Sweden and Antartica)
Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Committee for Polar Research since its establishment in 1979 and since 1984 of the Board of the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat (the Swedish State Authority for Polar Scientific activities).
21 September 1988 Chief Negotiator and Delegate when Sweden at a meeting in Paris on 21 September 1988 of the Consultative Parties to the 1959 Antarctic Treaty accepted Sweden as a new Consultative Party to the Antarctic Treaty (click Sweden and Antarctica).
1988 – 2012 Consultant and expert in International law, Private International law, General law and legal procedure (i.a. with seats in Belgium and Jordan) (through the Swedish Institute of International Law Arbitration and Conciliation, later Stockholm Institute of International Law Arbitration and Conciliation (Counsel, Lectures, ”Contact- and bridgebuilding”, Seminars, Talks Visits, “Dialogues”, Work-shops (especially within the field of “The Role of Religions in World Politics” and the “Dialogue with Islam), ”Conflict Prevention” och ”Peace-Promotion”. Periodically in cooperation with Middle East Association for International law (MEAIL), the Swedish Institute in Alexandria and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International law, Heidelberg. (see www.stockholminstituteofinternationallaw.se)
1992 – 1994 Adviser to the President and the Government of the Republic of Latvia, Riga (i. a. in its negotiations with the Soviet Union for the withdrawal of the Soviet troops from Latvia) (After Latvia’s Declaration of Independence on 21 August 1991 from the disintegrating Communist Soviet Union /the Soviet Union and Communism fell 1991-1992 and the Soviet Union was formally dissolved on 8 December 1991/ Latvia needed experts in international law to build up its sovereignty and as experts in its negotiations for the withdrawal of the Soviet troops. I functioned as adviser in international law in Latvia 1992-1994).
1988 – 2010 Researcher and author of ten books and articles in history, genealogy and heraldry. For published books with their titles translated into English see the front page and click www.skarastiftshistoriska.nu)
6 November 2001 Lecture on 6 November 2001 before the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy, Amman: "Jihad and the Principle of Peaceful Coexistence". Click The Interpretation of jihad
2001 Co-founder and Vice Chairman of The Middle East Association for International Law in Amman Jordan (Chairman: His Royal Highness Prince Raad bin Zeid bin Hussein) (arranged seminars and talks on the theme “The Dialogue with Islam”)
18 – 19
April 2002 Meeting
with the Foreign Minister of the Palestinian Authority Nabeel
Shaat to discuss the status of Palestine and the
situation of President Arafat following the Israeli siege 29 March–May 2002 of
President Arafat’s Mukata in Ramallah (Arafats Presidential Compound).
(click Palestine, Iraq and International Law, in which I advocated – as a last recourse – a Unilateral Palestinian Declaration of Indepence and Statehood. Upon request I wrote a Draft of such a declaration and sent to Minister Nabeel Shaat on 22 April 2002).
April 2002 Member of the Delegation of the Holy See (the Vatican) to the "Stockholm Forum Conference" 23-24 April 2002 Truth, Justice and Reconciliation. Leaders of the delegation: the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of the Vatican Monsignore Celestino Migliore and the Apostolic Nuncio to Sweden, Archbishop Piero Biggio.
2002 Professor of International law at the University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan.
2003 Plenipotentiary of the Sovereign Order of Malta in the negotiations with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for the establishment of diplomatic relations. An Agreement to establish diplomatic relations was signed by the Jordanian Minister for Foreign Affairs and me in Amman 29 June 2003 (click The Holy See, the Order of Malta and International law)
January 2004 Member of the Delegation of the Holy See (the Vatican) to the "Stockholm Forum Conference" 20–21 January 2004 Preventing Genocides, Threats and Responsabilities.Leader of the delegation: Monsignore Celestino Migliore, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See at the United Nations and the Apostolic Nuncio to Sweden, Archbishop Piero Biggio.
January 2004 Lecture in Kabul, Afghanistan, In order to function the International law needs Dialogue and Harmony with Islam and the Sharia law system – Workshop of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public and International law on “Islamic and Constitutional law” (click Lecture Kabul 2004).
8 March 2004 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Sovereign Order of Malta to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The Credential letters were presented to His Majesty King Abdullah II on 8 March 2004 at the Royal Ragadan Palace in Amman. (click The Holy See, the Order of Malta and International law)
with the Swedish Institute in Alexandria in the “Dialogue with Islam”;
performed as lecturer of “Islamic law” at several conferences and seminars;
click Legal Traditions of the World (2006)
with the Al Azhar University in Cairo regarding “the Dialogue with Islam”;
click Legal Traditions of the World (2006)
2008 Appointed Honorary Professor of International law at the Philadelphia University, Amman, Jordan
2008 – 2010 Presentation of my book Mellan liljan och sjöbladet (Between the fleur-de-lys and the sea lily), Part 1:1 (2008) and 1:2 (2009), an historical, genealogical and heraldic book about old families in the Swedish province of Vestrogothia (1300 pages); for Part 1 see front page; for Part 2, which may appear in the future, click here; for further information and purchase turn to www.skarastiftshistoriska.nu
2009 – 2012 Worked with my memoirs, Dagbok från UD (Diaries from the Foreign Ministry), to be published 2013
2012 Appointed to be member of the Grand Magisterium of the Papal Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, the Vatican. See http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/institutions_connected/oessh/newsletter/news-letter26_en.pdf