Austrian diplomat, Former Special Representative of the Austrian OSCE Chairmanship, Former Director of ODIHR, Ambassador
Ambassador Christian Strohal is an Austrian diplomat with a long career in multilateral work: most recently, he has been serving as Special Representative for Austria’s OSCE Chairmanship 2017, after having been Permanent Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna since 2013. From 2008-2013, he represented Austria at the UN Office, the Conference on Disarmament and other international organizations in Geneva where he held, ia., the positions of Chairman of the Governing Bodies of the IOM and Vice-President of the Human Rights Council. From 2003 to 2008, he was Director of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the OSCE. Previous functions include Ambassador for the 1993 Vienna World Conference on Human Rights, director for human rights at the Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and Ambassador to Luxemburg.
Amb. Strohal has conducted numerous negotiation processes in a broad range of international organizations. He has been educated in Vienna, London and Geneva and holds a Dr.iur. from the University of Vienna. He has been teaching at different institutions, published a number of articles and is member of the International Institute of Human Rights.