Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC is Chancellor of the Australian National University, a Professorial Fellow at The University of Melbourne, and President Emeritus of the Brussels-based International Crisis Group, the independent global independent global conflict prevention and resolution organisation of which he was President and Chief Executive Officer from January 2000 to June 2009. He has co-chaired two major International Commissions, on Intervention and State Sovereignty and on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament.
Gareth Evans holds first class honours degrees in Law from Melbourne University (BA, LLB (Hons)) and in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University (MA). He entered the Australian Parliament in 1978, was an academic lawyer specialising in constitutional and civil liberties law, and a barrister specialising in industrial law. He became a Queens Counsel in 1983.
A member of the Australian Parliament for 21 years, he was Senator for Victoria from 1978 to 1996, serving as Deputy Leader (1987-93) and then Leader (1993-96) of the Government, and was a member of the House of Representatives from 1996 until September 1999, serving as Deputy Leader of the Opposition (1996-98). He was a Cabinet Minister in the Hawke and Keating Labor Governments for thirteen years. Gareth Evans was one of Australia's longest serving Foreign Ministers, best known internationally for his roles in developing the UN peace plan for Cambodia, bringing to a conclusion the international Chemical Weapons Convention, founding the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum and ASEAN Regional Forum, and initiating the Canberra Commission on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.