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.
Link to the Research Centre: http://human-rights.univie.ac.at
In India, China and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed and abandoned and female foetuses are aborted, simply because they are female. The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls in the world today have “disappeared” because of this so-called “gendercide”. This is rooted in traditions that go back centuries and are sustained by deeply ingrained cultural dynamics which, in combination with government policies, allow the continuation of these brutal practices. Shot on location in India and China, It’s a Girl reveals the truth of the situation.
In the context of the 20th anniversary of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, the Institute will hold a panel debate with experts from different parts of the world focusing on the evolving global prison crisis and its impact on the particularly vulnerable dignity of persons in places of deprived liberty. The expertise of the panel members will allow the presentation of the main areas of concern in the field of torture prevention in prisons as well as the illustration of best practice examples in various regions of the world.
Manfred NOWAK (University of Vienna, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture), Gerald STABEROCK (World Organisation Against Torture – OMCT), Henri TIPHAGNE (President of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development, Director of the Human Rights Organisation People`s Watch - India) and Edita LINTL (Management - team HEMAYAT) will be discussing the core challenges in enforcing the absolute prohibition of torture and how it can be ensured that victims of torture have effective ac
On the day before the international day of human rights, 10 December, the University of Vienna opened its new Research Centre of Human Rights.
On this occasion, a renowned expert group discussed the topic, "Human rights behind bars?": Manfred Nowak, director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Insitute of Human Rights and the director of the new Research Centre and former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture; linguist Brigitta Busc; Bruno Sladek, head of the penal institution Stein; and director Tina Leisch. In addition, Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik, Vice-Rector of the University of Vienna, and Wolfgang Brandstetter, Federal Minister for Justice, spoke at the opening.
On the 10th of December 2014, International Human Rights Day, a symposium on “Human Rights in the City: A City for all” was held in the auditorium of the University of Vienna Campus. The symposium was organised by the City of Vienna (MA 7 – Culture, MA 17 – Integration and Diversity and Human Rights Coordination of the City of Vienna), planned and carried out by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights in cooperation with the Research Centre Human Rights of the University of Vienna. Austrian and international experts from academia and practise were invited to four thematically different panel discussions.
The complexity of societal processes in cities makes them centres of innovation and societal development, but also spaces in which cultural differences clash and conflicts need to be resolved. Vienna, which is currently undergoing a phase of growth, meets various challenges resulting from this dynamic.
In the context of the ongoing process "Vienna – Human Rights City", which began at the end of 2013, the conference will consider the question of how a human rights based approach can be defined and implemented in the city.