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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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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

HUMAN RIGHTS TALK: Holes in the safety net: Do Austrian social policies deliver?

Human Rights Talk [Logo]

The recent debate about minimum income benefits or 'Mindestsicherung' in Austria, and indeed the questioning of social security systems across Europe, showcases the feeling of unease that accompanies an increasing number of people in so-called social welfare states, having to rely on benefits to get by.

Dachgeschoß im Juridicum, Schottenbastei 10-16, 1010 Wien