The Secretariat of the IHFFC

The Swiss Government provides the Commission, pursuing to Article 90, Paragraph 1, Sub-Paragraph f of the First Additional Protocol, with the necessary administrative facilities for the performance of its functions. Thus, Switzerland assumes the Secretariat of the Commission and offers the necessary locations for its performance.

The Secretariats tasks are, inter alia, to organise all the meetings of the Commission, its promotional missions and events, attendance to international conferences, to prepare the material and administrate the website of the Commission as well as to advise the Commission if needed. The finances of the Commission are also managed by the Secretariat. The Secretariat is furthermore at the disposal of the President of the Commission for any matter concerning the Commission.

International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission
Federal Palace North


3003 Bern

Telephone: + 41 (0)58 465 42 00
Fax: + 41 (0)58 465 07 67


The Secretariat is composed of:



Ambassador Daniel Klingele, Secretary of the Commission

Ambassador Daniel Klingele is Deputy Director at the Directorate of International Law of the Federal Department for Foreign Affairs. He is Head of the Division Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law, International Criminal Justice and Diplomatic and Consular Law.

Daniel Klingele holds a law degree of the University of Fribourg/Switzerland, a diploma in European Studies of the Europa Institut in Saarbrücken/Germany and a Master of International Law of the University in Stockholm/Sweden.

In 1993 he started his professional career as the Delegate of the Government of the Canton of Valais for European and Regional Affairs and then joined the Federal Department of Foreign affairs in 1994. After a two years' trainee-program (Berne and Paris) he first was a member of cabinet of the State Secretary for Science and Research in charge of international affairs and then served in the Integration Office where he was member of the delegations negotiating the bilateral agreements with the European Community on land and air traffic. Between 2000 and 2004, he was Deputy Head of the Swiss Embassy in Oslo and between 2004 and 2009 the Head of the Section Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law of the Directorate of International Law.

Between 2009 and 2014, he was the second Deputy Head of the Mission of Switzerland to the European Union and in charge of co-ordinating foreign and security policy affairs, justice and home affairs and communication and public affairs. Between 2014 and 2018 he was Vice Director and Head of the Division Political Affairs at the Directorate for European Affairs of the Federal Department for Foreign Affairs.

Since June 2018 he is working at the Directorate of International Law.

Gregor Muischneek

Gregor Muischneek is a Swiss diplomat and currently works in the Directorate of International Law at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) in Bern. His tasks relate to international criminal justice, including various international tribunals and investigation mechanisms, and more broadly to Switzerland's work in the field of dealing with the past.


From 2016-2018, he worked on political, economic and cultural affairs at the Embassy of Switzerland in Kenya and cybersecurity in the Division for Security Policy at the FDFA in Bern. Prior to that, he was posted at the Embassy of Switzerland in China (2013-2016) where he dealt with legal and political questions including human rights. Gregor Muischneek holds a Master of International Law from the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva.




Vanita Karpf

Vanita Karpf joined the IHFFC in April 2016 after working at the Federal Office of Communications in Biel.

Prior to that she followed a career at sea, as Purser on the cruise liners of Oceania Cruises Inc. and Regent Seven Seas Cruises for four years.

Currently she is completing a degree in translation of German, French and English, in Zurich. Vanita Karpf assists the Secretariat of the IHFFC and, in that capacity, covers all tasks related to the administration of the Commission.





























IHFFC International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission
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