Born 26 June 1950 in Bad Aussee
1986 Dr. habil of Constitutional Law University of Vienna
1975 LL.M Columbia University New York
1973 Dr. Iuris University of Vienna
since 2011 Professor for International Law and Human Rights, University of Vienna
since 2010 Vice-President of the Austrian UNESCO-Commission
since 2009 Head of the Inter-Disciplinary PHD Research School "Empowerment through Human Rights" at University of Vienna
since 2009 Chair of COST Action "The Role of the EU in the Human Rights Reform"
since 2008 Head of the interdisciplinary research platform "Human Rights in the European Context " at the University of Vienna
since 2008 Member and Rapporteur of a Panel of Eminent Persons selected by the Swiss Foreign Minister to draft and promote an Agenda for Human Rights which was launched in Geneva on 5 December 2008
since 2008 Member of the Austrian Monitoring Committee established in accordance with Article 33 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
since 2007 FRALEX Senior/International Expert to the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency which was established in March 2007
since 2000 Head of an Independent Human Rights Commission at the Austrian Ministry of Interior (under the Human Rights Advisory Board of the Ministry)
since 1998 Austrian National Director Representing the University of Vienna in the EMA (European Master in Human Rights and Democratization) Programme, appointed by the Rector of the University of Vienna
From 2000 to 2007 EMA Chairperson
since 1995 Member of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ)
since 1992 Co-Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (BIM) at the University of Vienna
Former Relevant Experience
2004-2010 U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment
2009-2010 Member of the Coordinating Committee of UN Special Procedures
2008-2009 Swiss Chair of Human Rights, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
2007-2008 University Professor for International Human Rights Law at the University of Vienna, Faculty of Law, Department for European, International and Comparative Law.
2002-2006 Member of the EU Network of Independent Experts on Fundamental Rights
2001-2006 U.N. Expert on Disappearances
2001-2006 Consultant to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on a human rights based approach to poverty reduction strategies, which led to the adoption of the Principles and Guidelines for a Human Rights Approach to Poverty Reduction Strategies
2004 Visiting Professor at the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) in Venice
2002-2003 Olof Palme Visiting Professor on Human Rights at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the University of Lund.
1996-2003 Judge at the Human Rights Chamber for Bosnia-Herzegovina in Sarajevo elected by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe
1989-2002 Professor of Law at the Austrian Federal Academy of Public Administration in Vienna.
1993-2001 Expert Member of the U.N. Working Group on Involuntary and Enforced Disappearances
1994-1997 U.N. Expert in Charge of the Special Process on Missing Persons
in the Former Yugoslavia
1986-1993 Member of the Austrian Delegation to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights
1987-1989 Director of the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) at the University of Utrecht
1973-1987 Assistant and Associate Professor at the Institute of Constitutional and Administrative Law of the University of Vienna (with Felix Ermacora)
Member of several NGOs
Author of more than 400 Publications in the fields of constitutional, administrative and international law, human rights as well as development studies (see annex).
Editor of Periodicals and Series e.g. Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, European Yearbook of Human Rights, BIM Human Rights Study Series.
Human Rights Network: Due to numerous research activities and various functions in the field of human rights for many years establishment of a large personal network with key actors in the field of international human rights protection
Various Human Rights Fact-Finding Missions for NGOs e.g. to Brazil (for the Brazilian Bishops Conference), Surinam (for International Alert), India/Tibet (for the International Commission of Jurists) and Yemen (OMV).
2010 Human Rights Award, Panteion University Athens
2008 Human Rights Medal, University of Magdeburg
2008 Medal of Honour, European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation, Venice
2007 Bruno Kreisky Prize for Human Rights for outstanding achievements for services to international human rights
1994 UNESCO Prize for the Teaching of Human Rights (Honourable Mention) in recognition of the outstanding contribution to the development of the teaching of human rights
Selected books in the field of human rights
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