In February 2008, the research platform Human Rights in the European Context was established at the University of Vienna. It assembles academics of 12 departments of the University of Vienna with the purpose of strengthening the inter-disciplinary research on the topic of Human Rights in Europe.
The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights serves as the platform's centre of communication and coordination.
Link to Platform: http://human-rights.univie.ac.at
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.
Welcome Adress: Elisabeth BERTAGNOLI (Deputy Director of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna) and Simon SMITH (Permanent Representative/Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Austria/to the United Nations Organisations in Vienna)
A panel of Austrian and Arabic experts will discuss the role and responsibilities of Europe with regard to the processes of democratisation in the Arab world.
The event is held in cooperation with the House of the European Union.
The former ambassador David SCHEFFER (Centre for International Human Rights at Northwestern University School of Law, the first U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues) will give a presentation on his work at the International Criminal Court and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. This will be followed by a discussion with Manfred NOWAK (Director, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, Professor, University of Vienna) and Renate WINTER (Judge and Chairwoman of the Special Court for Sierra Leone) on the nature of the International Hybrid Courts. The talk will be moderated by the journalist Irene BRICKNER (Der Standard).
Austria‘s biggest human rights film festival “this human world” enters its fourth round from 30 November to 10 December 2011. As a long-standing cooperation partner, the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (BIM) proudly presents a series of documentaries on crucial human rights issues.
N.C. Heikin / USA, South Korea and France USA / 2010 / 75 mins / English and Korean with English subtitles
Mourad Ben Cheikh / Tunisia / 2011 / 74 mins / Arabic with English subtitles