Senior Expert, United Nations Office of Counter Terrorism - United Nations Counter-Terrorism Center (UNOCT-UNCCT)
Esther Zubiri joined the State Attorney-General’s Office of Spain in 1998 where she has developed her professional career over twenty years as a State Attorney specialized in counter terrorism. She currently works as a senior expert in the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) within the United Nations Office of Counter Terrorism (UNOCT). Formerly, she served as the Chief of Justice, Policy, Legislation and Human Rights (JHRA) at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Afghanistan. In 2012, she was appointed as the Agent of the Kingdom of Spain to the European Court of Human Rights and the Council of Europe, representing Spain at the Committee of Experts on Terrorism (CODEXTER). From 2014 to 2019 she worked as a Senior Legal Specialist at Inter-American Committee against Terrorism of the Organization of American States. As State Attorney Chief she worked at the National Court, the Central Economic-Administrative Court, the State Tax Administration Agency, the Ministries of Interior and Justice and the High Court of Justice of the Basque Country. She served as a counselor at the Permanent Mission of Spain to the United Nations and the Embassy of Spain in the United States of America. She holds a PhD and a Master’s Degree in Law from the Comillas Pontifical University of Madrid (ICADE). She has been awarded with the Merit Cross of the Spanish National Police and the Silver Cross of the Spanish Civil Guard.