Rafael José de Espona is Correspondant Member – Section of Military Law of the Royal Academy of Law of Spain (RAJYL). He defended his doctorate at Law in 2008 (UDC – Spain). He belonged to the Board of Trustees of at the Vilnius Institute of International Relations and Political Science (TSPMI – VU) since 2008 till 2021. Between 2012 and 2015, he was Lecturer of the Universitary Course on Energy Security – Institute General Gutiérrez Mellado (IUGM – UNED) Spanish Ministry of Defence.
He joined in 2013 the International Editorial Board of the Journal of Security and Sustainability Issues (The General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania – Ministry of National Defence). Between 2018 and 2020, he was member of the STRATCOM Doctrine Study Group at the Spanish General Staff Commander`s Technical Cabinet (GABTECJEMAD). Since year 2004, Dr. De Espona is Honorary Consul of the Republic of Lithuania to the Kingdom of Spain (region of Galicia).