The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (BIM) was established in 1992 as independent research centre with the aim of contributing to the scientific discourse of human rights at the national, European and global level.
Human rights constitute the only universally recognized value system of our contemporary world and an essential element of democracy. We wish to contribute to the strengthening of human rights and to improve the living conditions of persons who are persecuted, discriminated against or otherwise marginalised. We see ourselves as part of the scientific community, taking the role of an interlocutor between the State, business, media and civil society.
Our research is based on a holistic approach covering civil, political, economic, social, cultural and collective human rights. As human rights are relevant for all areas of life, the research approach in this field needs to be multidimensional and interdisciplinary.
Our research methods are dedicated to the principles of human rights: based on empowerment, equality of all human beings and the participation of all parties concerned.
Our work relates theory with practice. The results of our research establish the basis for our work in the fields of counselling, implementation, monitoring, education and university teaching.
We are working on a broad range of human rights topics arising from current social questions and wish to take an active role in developing and discussing upcoming topics in contemporary international human rights discourse.
We are currently focusing on the following areas of research: