Apply now for the Straniak Academy for Democracy and Human Rights which will take place from 4 to 17 September 2016 in Ulcinj/Montenegro! The call for applications is open until 15 June 2016!

Aim and concept of the Academy

The goal of the Academy is to promote academic education on democracy, human rights and the rule of law in the Western Balkan region as a specific focus. The Academy establishes a link connecting academia and practice, promoted through an interdisciplinary and interactive format. To keep abreast with political, legal and social changes and to underscore the Academy’s continuous relevance for future professionals, a reasonable part of each year’s programme focuses on specific themes.

The intense two-week programme includes lectures and workshops on different thematic fields such as concepts of democracy in a globalised world, the international and regional human rights instruments and standards (UN, CoE, OSCE, EU), the relevance of the rule of law, the efficiency of judicial systems, and also includes special human rights related topics.

The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights - ​Research Association (BIM-FV) was granted special consultative status at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. Consultative status enables an organization to actively engage with ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, as well as with various human rights mechanisms of the United Nations, ad-hoc processes on small arms, as well as special events organized by the President of the General Assembly.

The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (BIM) welcomed a joint delegation of the Kyrgyz Parliament led by Galina Skrikina (MEP and Chair of the Committee for Constitutional Law, Legislature and Human Rights) and the Kyrgyz Ombudsman office, led by Ombudsman Kubatbek Otorbaev, in Vienna.

Final Event

On April 1st 2016, the final event of the Twinning project against homophobia and transphobia took place in Hotel Sirius in Pristina, organised by the Kosovo Office for Good Governance in cooperation with the Austrian Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights and the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare.

"Austria would be well-advised if the government refrained from singlehanded actions or cooperations with Visegrád-states, instead focussing on a consistent approach within the European Union and in compliance with international human rights standards", says Hannes Tretter, University Professor and Scientific Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institut for Human Rights and the Research Centre for Human Rights in his article in DerStandard, 12.4.2016.

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