Dr. Walter GEHR
Chief, Counter-Terrorism Legal Services Section I, Terrorism Prevention Branch, Division for Treaty Affairs, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Vienna
1989 Joined the Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs as deputy director of the department of general international law; in this capacity he represented his country in the Nuclear Law Committee of the Nuclear Energy Agency of the OECD and in the First Review Meeting of the Contracting States of the Nuclear Safety Convention
1999-2002 President of the Assembly of States of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO). In December 2001, he was the first person to join the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) of the United Nations Security Council as an expert. He subsequently became the spokesperson of the CTC s expert team. Together with his colleagues, he assisted the CTC in monitoring the worldwide implementation of Security Council resolution 1373 (2001) which had been adopted shortly after the events of September 11th.
He is now Chief of the Legal Services Section I of the Terrorism Prevention Branch of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna and carries out technical assistance missions.
In the last six years, he was Chairman of several regional workshops on international cooperation against terrorism and transnational organized crime (e.g. in Khartoum (Sudan), Helsinki (Finland), Praia (Cape Verde) and at the headquarters of the Organization for Co-operation and Security in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna. He also chaired UNODC s Regional Workshop on the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism which took place in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and in Minsk, Belarus, with the participation of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the 1540 Committee of the UN Security Council.
He also led missions, inter alia, to Afghanistan, Iran, Nigeria and Peru and provided inputs to the counter-terrorism efforts of the African Union, the European Union and of the G8. He also participated in visits carried out by the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate in Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. He is also lecturer at the International School of Nuclear Law (ISNL) in Montpellier, France