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.
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
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.
At the talk on the 13th of February 2012, the British Secretary of State for Justice Kenneth Clarke put forward his planned reform for the European Court of Human Rights. Following Mr Clarke’s presentation, Kenneth Clarke and Manfred Nowak discussed whether such a reform would restrict European citizens gaining access to the Court and how the numerous pending applications to the Court should be dealt with. The audience members also took part in the lively debate.
The Viennese city government decided in its governmental programme 2010 to emphasize human rights aspects within its agenda.
Thus, human rights expert Manfred Nowak, head of the Research Platform "Human Rights in the European Context, was commissioned with an analysis of the current situation and suggestions for a work programme 2014.
With this event the core results will be presented and the implementation process wil be started.
The presentation and panel discussion will be held in German.
Over 120 people followed the invitation to the Public Lecture: The Rights of Digital Citizens. Facebook, Google and Cyber Crimes: New Challenges to EU Fundamental Rights in the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
Manfred Nowak presented his new book: Folter: "Die Alltäglichkeit des Unfassbaren" on 14 March 2012 in Palais Epstein.
The event was held in german.
Nowak, Manfred: Folter: Die Alltäglichkeit des Unfassbaren, Verlag Kremayr & Scheriau, 2012, 240 Seiten. ISBN 978-3-218-00833-4