Jose Enrique Castillo Barrantes


  • Doctorate in Law (LL.D.), Université de Bordeaux, France, 1974
  • Master’s in Sociology, Université de Bordeaux, France, 1976
  • Law (Licenciado), Universidad de Costa Rica, 1970
  • Bachelor’s in Sociology (Licenciado), Universidad de Costa Rica, 1970

  • Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (2015-Present)
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs (2011-2014)
  • Ambassador of Costa Rica and Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), Washington D.C. (2007-2011)
  • Acting Partner, Facio & Cañas Law Firm (1980-Present)
  • Deputy Secretary-General for Central America to the International Society of Criminology (1994-1999)
  • Minister of Justice (1994-1995)
  • Ambassador to France (1986-1990)
  • Founder, first General Director and former General Director of the Postgraduate Law School of the Universidad de Costa Rica (1981-1986 and 1995-2002)
  • Professor of Criminology, Criminal Sociology, and Criminal Law, Universidad de Costa Rica (1971-2001). Since 1986, “catedrático” (highest level in the teaching profession).
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the United Nations Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (ILANUD 1978-1981). Designated Director, 1994 (did not sit office given his appointment as Minister of Justice three weeks later).
  • Criminal Judge (1970-1971)

Seven books and more than twenty articles about international relations, law, and criminology published in Argentina, Mexico, New York (United Nations), Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, and Spain

  • Commandeur de la Légion d’Honneur (France, 2015)
  • Received tribute from the Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) and the Universidad Estatal a Distancia (UNED). Presented with the book, Política Penal en el Estado Social de Derecho, Editorial Jurídica Continental, written by 45 professors and experts from all over the world. (San José, 2010)
  • National Literature Prize in stories for his book Pesadillas de un Hombre Urbano (2003)
  • Chevalier of the Order of the “Palmes Académiques,” awarded by the French Government (France, 1999)
  • Year’s best law book, presented by the Costa Rican Bar Association for his book, Ensayos sobre la nueva legislación procesal penal (1977)