The Legal Adviser of the OPCW

Mr Trevor Michael Rajah

Mr Trevor Michael Rajah is the Legal Adviser and Director of the Office of the Legal Adviser of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

Prior to that, he was head of the Terrorism Prevention Branch of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Vienna. The Branch assists States with the ratification and implementation of the 19 international conventions and protocols related to terrorism, including seven legal instruments out of the 19 that deal with chemical, biological, radiological and/or nuclear (CBRN) terrorism.

Before joining UNODC, Mr Rajah was the Executive Head of the United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) based in Geneva. The Commission is a subsidiary body of the Security Council and established by the Security Council in 1991 to process claims and pay compensation for losses resulting from Iraq's invasion and occupation of Kuwait. Mr Rajah previously worked for the UNCC (1998-2002) on the construction and engineering claims.

Mr Rajah also worked for a subsidiary body of the United Nations Security Council in New York. Prior to the United Nations, Mr Rajah was a divisional legal manager in the financial services industry. He has also worked as a lawyer in Canada and Zimbabwe.

Mr Rajah holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Zimbabwe and a Masters in Law (LLM) from the University of London, where he was a Foreign and Commonwealth Scholar. Mr Rajah is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales; as a barrister and solicitor in Ontario, Canada; and as an attorney in Zimbabwe. He is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK. He co-edited a book, Designing Compensation After Upheaval: Insights from the Experience of the United Nations Compensation Commission published by Oxford University Press.