Mr. du Plessis is currently the Legal and Criminal Justice Coordinator for the UN Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate. He was previously the Executive Director of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). He has worked on human security, international criminal justice, and rule of law issues in over 20 African countries. Mr. du Plessis has three law degrees and is an admitted advocate of the High Court of South Africa with more than 14 years of legal and management experience. He has worked as a consultant and expert advisor to various UN entities and other intergovernmental organisations, including the UN Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Mr. du Plessis is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (2014–2020).
Mr. du Plessis has also been a Senior State Advocate at the National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa, where he specialised in the prosecution of serious and violent offences, including rape and gang-related crimes. Anton has published numerous articles, book chapters and training guides, and is the co-author of Counter–Terrorism Law and Practice: A Practitioners’ Handbook, published by Oxford University Press.