Legal Adviser of the Austrian Foreign Ministry
Helmut Tichy
Camden Campus
Campus Office
  • Biography

Born 1958 in Vienna, law studies at Vienna (Dr. iur. 1980) and Cambridge (England; LL.M. 1982), 1980 - 1983 research assistant at the Institute of Public Law of Vienna University.   Since 1983 Austrian Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs (now Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs), while in Austria always attached to the Office of the Legal Adviser (“Völkerrechtsbüro”) of that ministry, postings abroad in Belgrade (1984), Geneva (1985 - 1988) and Brussels (1993 - 2000), 1988 -1990 deputy head of the Vienna Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).   2000 - 2009 head of the "General International Law" unit of the Office of the Legal Adviser, 2007 - 2009 deputy legal adviser, since 2010 legal adviser of the ministry.   Agent of the Austrian Government before the European Court of Human Rights, deputy agent of the Austrian Government in the Kosovo advisory procedure of the International Court of Justice (2009). Austrian delegate in the 6th (Legal) Committee of the UN General Assembly, head or member of numerous Austrian treaty negotiating delegations, head of Austrian delegations to UN human rights treaty bodies, chair of the human rights formation of the Committee of Ministers (deputies) of the Council of Europe (2013), chair or member of various working groups of the Council of the European Union, OSCE and UNESCO.   Member of the Human Rights Advisory Council of the Austrian Ombuds Institution, board member of the Max Planck-Institute of International Law at Heidelberg (Germany).   A number of publications, in particular on the Austrian state practice in the field of international law.   Languages: German, English, French, Italian