Faculty 2013

 Volker Türk








Director of International Protection, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHRC)

Volker Türk is currently Director of International Protection at UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva.

From April 2008 to September 2009 he was Director for Organizational Development and Management in Geneva, leading UNHCR’s structural and management change process. Before that he had a number of UNHCR assignments in various parts of the world, including in Malaysia,  Serbia (Kosovo), Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Kuwait. 

From 2000 to 2004 he was Chief of the Protection Policy and Legal Advice Section at UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva, which had particular responsibilities for the Global Consultations process.

Before his time with UNHCR, he worked as university assistant at the Institute of International Law at the University of Vienna, where he finished his doctoral thesis on UNHCR and its mandate (published in German by Duncker & Humblot, Berlin, 1992).

From 1985 to 1988, he was research assistant at the Institute of Criminal Law at the University of Linz, Austria.  He has published widely on international refugee and human rights law.