Research Centre Human Rights

The inter-disciplinary Research Centre “Human Rights” was established as a subunit of the Faculty of Law at the University of Vienna in May 2014. The Research Centre succeeded the Research Platform “Human Rights in the European Context” after a six‐year period of successful interdisciplinary research in the field of human rights. The leader of the Research Centre Manfred Nowak closely works together with the deputy-leaders Christina Binder and Hannes Tretter.
The Research Centre assembles 15 academics of 10 departments of 5 faculties of the University of Vienna with the purpose of strengthening the interdisciplinary research on the topic of human rights.
The HUMAN RIGHTS TALKS and the film series of the Research Centre Human Rights have taken place since 2009 in cooperation with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights.

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HUMAN RIGHTS TALK: Community Policing - people’s police or a policing people?

Human Rights Talk [Logo]

The involvement of the population in police work is a controversial topic. For some, it represents a significant contribution to increasing the sense of security of the inhabitants, an opportunity to make police work more democratic and participatory. Others, however, fear the softening of the state's monopoly of violence, which could promote whistle-blowing and the formation of neighbourhood watches. Which human rights perspectives and considerations are relevant to the implementation of community policing strategies and how can digital solutions promote them?

Dachgeschoß Juridicum (Schottenbastei 10-16, 1010 Wien)

Cinema and Human Rights | The Revolution Won't Be Televised

(c) The Revolution Won't Be Televised

Y'en a marre - "We've had enough!" is a youth protest movement with an influence far beyond the Senegalese borders. Rap music and youth culture are at the heart of the movement against its former President Abdoulaye Wade and serve as a powerful voice against a corrupt political system. Demonstrations, concerts, meetings, campaigns, arrests - as a close companion of the protagonists, filmmaker Rama Thiaw intimately documents the movement's hopeful and seminal path of resistance in a country where two thirds of the population are under 25 and long for new beginnings.

Schikaneder (Margaretenstraße 22-24, 1040 Wien)

Cinema and Human Rights | Black Code

Scene of the film Black Code

Based on Ronald Deibert’s book of the same name, Nicholas de Pencier’s Black Code follows ‘internet sleuths’ from the Toronto-based group Citizen Lab, who travel the world exposing unprecedented levels of global digital espionage and revealing how governments control and manipulate the internet in order to censor and monitor their citizens.

Top Kino (Rahlgasse 1, 1060 Wien)

Austrian Development Co-operation: Consultation in the Thematic Fields of Governance, Human Rights and Peace Keeping

In 2016, the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights extended its longstanding co-operation with the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) through a framework contract. Its goals are to further root and develop Human Rights, Democracy and Good Governance, as well as Peace Keeping and Conflict Prevention within the work of ADA and the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs.

Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Europe

Economic, social and cultural rights have gained considerable attention in recent years, both on the global and the European level. The significant developments of the last decade, for example the impacts of the global economic crisis, have given way to new challenges regarding the implementation of economic, social and cultural rights. Also in this context, the implementation of these rights faces huge obstacles.

HUMAN RIGHTS TALK: Two steps forward and one step back on the road to human rights based drug policy in Austria

Human Rights Talk [Logo]

What does human rights-coherent drug policy look like; which concrete steps are being taken towards such policies in Austria; and what can support progress towards such policy?


  • Katharina Beclin (Institut für Strafrecht und Kriminologie, Rechtswissenschaftliche Fakultät der Universität Wien)
  • Roland Reithofer (Suchthilfe)
  • Rainer Schmid (checkit!)
  • Stefan Schumann (Johannes Kepler Universität Linz)
  • Toni Straka (Hanf Institut)
  • Moderation: Manfred Nowak
Dachgeschoß im Juridicum, Schottenbastei 10-16, 1010 Wien