Hugo Lorenzo was born in Montevideo, Uruguay on January 25, 1945. He has Uruguayan and Spanish nationalities. He holds a Doctorate in Law and Social Sciences and a PhD in Diplomacy, from the University of the Republic, Uruguay. Dr. Lorenzo was a judge for approximately 20 years in Uruguay. He worked for the United Nations for two decades on peace matters, protecting human rights and improving national justice systems in the Americas and in Africa. He is a judge on the Administrative Tribunal of the Inter-American Development Bank, for a term extending from 2015 until 2021. He is a member of the Ibero-American Institute of Procedural Law.