Gilles de Kerchove d'Ousselghem
Director, Justice & Home Affairs General Directorate, Council of the European Union
Coordinator for Counterterrorism, European Union
Mr. Gilles de Kerchove was appointed EU Counter-terrorism Coordinator on 19 September 2007. In this function, he coordinates the work of the European Union in the field of counter-terrorism, maintains an overview of all the instruments at the Union's disposal, closely monitors the implementation of the EU counter-terrorism strategy and fosters better communication between the EU and third Countries to ensure that the Union plays an active role in the fight against terrorism. Before that he was Director for Justice and Home Affairs at the Council Secretariat .
He is also a European law professor at the Catholic University of Louvain, the Free University of Brussels and at the University Faculty Saint Louis (Brussels).
He was deputy secretary of the convention that drafted the charter of the fundamental rights of the European Union from 1999 to 2000. He has published a number of books on European law.