János Martonyi is a Doctor of Law and Political Sciences, gained PhD in Law and Political Sciences in 1979, politician, legal scholar, diplomat, attorney and university professor. Between 1984 and 1994 he held different positions in the Ministry of Foreign Trade and in the Ministry of Trade, then served as Administrative State Secretary in the Ministry for International Economic Relations and at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, between 1994 and 1998, then from 2002 until 2009 attorney and managing partner at Baker & McKenzie’s local office. He was the Foreign Minister of Hungary during the first and second Orbán Government (1998–2002, 2010–2014).

Since 1987 he has lectured at several universities, among them at the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of ELTE University, the Szeged University of Sciences, the College of Europe in Brugge and Natolin (Warsaw) and the Central European University. He is member of the Batthyány Circle of Professors and of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He is author of numerous articles and essays in the field of international economic and trade law, competition law, European integration, cooperation in Central Europe, geopolitics and global regulations.