Chairman of the Board
General Secretary of the Attorney General’s Office from 1965 to 1968. Member of the Codification Commission in 1969 and author of the Criminal Code Project in 1970. In 1972, he was a member of the 1946 Constitution Reform Commission and the Legislation Commission of the National Council of Legislation.
Minister of Education from 1973 to 1978.
Negotiator of the Torrijos-Carter Treaties of 1977 between Panama and the United States.
President of the Republic of Panama from October 11, 1978 to July 30, 1982. Ambassador of Panama in Spain from 1982 to 1985 and from 1994 to 1996; Ambassador of Panama in France from 1996 to 1999.
Ambassador Permanent Representative of Panama to the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, D.C. from 2004 to 2009. President of the Panama-Israel Cultural Institute from 2011 to 2015. Permanent member of the Panamanian Academy of the Spanish Language in 2013 and Director since 2018. Chairman of the Board of Directors of the University for Peace of the United Nations in 2016.
He has a degree in Law from the School of Law of the University of Salamanca with a postgraduate degree in Comparative Law from the University of Bologna, Italy. Special partner of the Morgan and Morgan law firm of which he resigned on July 1, 2019.
Professor of Special Criminal Law of the School of Law and Political Sciences of the University of School of Law and Political Sciences of the University of Panama from 1973 to 1975.
He has published some essays on the Panama Canal such as: The Relations between Panama and the United States, 1979; The Panama Canal. Past, Present and Future, 1996 and Strategies for the Negotiation of the Torrijos – Carter Treaties, 1997.
Mr. Royo is the author of several books such as: Messages from the President to his People, 1981; Labyrinth of Absences, 2000; Frustrated Derogatory of Law 96-70, 2002 and The National Institute of Panama, Memories and Experiences of An Era, 2009.