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Manfred Nowak

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Title: 
Univ. Prof., Dr. iur., LL.M
First Name: 
Manfred
Last Name: 
Nowak
Position: 
Scientific Director
Telephone: 
+ 43 (1) 4277 35310 (Juridicum)
Address: 
Freyung 6 (Schottenhof), 1. Stiege II, A-1010 Wien

 

Curriculum Vitae

Born 26 June 1950 in Bad Aussee

Education

1986 DR. HABIL OF CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (UNIVERSITY OF VIENNA)

1975 LL.M (COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY NEW YORK)

1973 DR. IURIS (UNIVERSITY OF VIENNA)

Other Functions

since 2016 INDEPENDENT EXPERT LEADING THE UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL STUDY ON CHILDREN DEPRIVED OF LIBERTY, OFFICE OF THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS (OHCHR), GENEVA

since 2016 SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE EUROPEAN INTER-UNIVERSITY CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRATISATION (EIUC), VENICE

since 2016 MEMBER OF THE ADVISORY BOARD OF THE EUROPEAN FORUM ALPBACH

since 2014 HEAD OF THE INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH CENTRE HUMAN RIGHTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF VIENNA

since 2012 VICE CHAIR OF THE MANAGEMENT BOARD OF THE EU AGENCY FOR FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS (FRA) IN VIENNA

since 2012 SCIENTIFIC DIRECTOR OF THE VIENNA MASTER OF ARTS IN HUMAN RIGHTS, UNIVERSITY OF VIENNA

since 2012 MEMBER OF THE OMV (INTERNATIONAL OIL AND GAS COMPANY) ADVISORY BOARD FOR RESOURCEFULNESS

since 2010 VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE AUSTRIAN UNESCO COMMISSION

since 1995 MEMBER AND HONORARY MEMBER OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION OF JURISTS (ICJ), GENEVA

since 1992 MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR THE PREVENTION OF TORTURE (APT), GENEVA

since 2011 MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF THE EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR CONSTITUTIONAL AND HUMAN RIGHTS (ECCHR), BERLIN

Former Relevant Experience

1998-2016 AUSTRIAN NATIONAL DIRECTOR REPRESENTING THE UNIVERSITY OF VIENNA IN THE EMA (EUROPEAN MASTERS DEGREE IN HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRATISATION) PROGRAMME, appointed by the Rector of the University of Vienna. From 2000 to 2007 EMA CHAIRPERSON

  • EMA is based in Venice, was initiated by the European Commission and is jointly organised by 41 European Universities. As a model for similar multidisciplinary educational programmes, EMA was awarded the 2006 UNESCO Prize for Human Rights Education (Honourable Mention)

2012-2015 HEAD OF VISITING COMMISSION OF THE AUSTRIAN OMBUDSMAN BOARD (NATIONAL MECHANISM FOR PREVENTION OF TORTURE)

2010-2015 CONSULTANT FOR THE DANISH INSTITUTE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

2014 HOLDER OF THE AUSTRIAN VISITING CHAIR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF STANFORD, U.S.

2008-2014 HEAD OF THE INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH PLATFORM “HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE EUROPEAN CONTEXT” at the University of Vienna

2012-2013 CHAIR OF AN INTERNATIONAL REVIEW COMMITTEE ON THE INTERNATIONAL COVENANT ON
CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS (ICCPR) APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF TAIWAN

2009-2013 HEAD OF THE INTER-DISCIPLINARY PHD RESEARCH SCHOOL “EMPOWERMENT THROUGH
HUMAN RIGHTS” AT VIENNA UNIVERSITY

2009-2013 CHAIR OF COST ACTION “THE ROLE OF THE EU IN UN HUMAN RIGHTS REFORM”

2008-2012 MEMBER OF THE AUSTRIAN MONITORING COMMITTEE established in accordance with Article 33 of the UN CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

2007-2012 FRALEX SENIOR EXPERT/INTERNATIONAL EXPERT TO THE EUROPEAN UNION FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS AGENCY which was established in March 2007

2000-2012 HEAD OF AN INDEPENDENT HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION AT THE AUSTRIAN MINISTRY OF
INTERIOR (UNDER THE HUMAN RIGHTS ADVISORY BOARD OF THE MINISTRY)

  • preventive visits to places of police detention and control of the use of force by Austrian law enforcement personnel

2009-2010 MEMBER OF THE COORDINATING COMMITTEE OF UN SPECIAL PROCEDURES

2008-2010 MEMBER AND RAPPORTEUR OF A PANEL OF EMINENT PERSONS (later renamed to PANEL
ON HUMAN DIGNITY) selected by the Swiss Foreign Minister to draft and promote an Agenda for Human Rights which was launched in Geneva on 5 December 2008

2004-2010 UNITED NATIONS SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON TORTURE AND OTHER CRUEL, INHUMAN OR
DEGRADING TREATMENT

  • Fact-finding missions to Georgia, Mongolia, Nepal, China, Jordan, Paraguay, Nigeria, Togo, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Denmark and Greenland, Moldova, Equatorial Guinea, Uruguay, Kazakhstan, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea, and Greece; joint reports on Guantánamo Bay, Darfur and Secret Detention in the Fight against Terrorism

2008-2009 SWISS CHAIR OF HUMAN RIGHTS, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

2002-2006 MEMBER OF THE EU NETWORK OF INDEPENDENT EXPERTS ON FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS

  • Network set up by the European Commission on the initiative of the European Parliament which published, inter alia, annual reports on the situation of human rights in the EU and its member States.

2001-2006 U.N. EXPERT ON DISAPPEARANCES

  • Examination of the existing international criminal, humanitarian and human rights framework for the protection of persons from enforced or involuntary disappearances
  • Adviser to the Working Group of the Commission on Human Rights drafting a Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, which was adopted by the General Assembly in December 2006.

2001-2006 CONSULTANT TO THE U.N. 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 (RWI) 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

  • 1998 Vice-President
  • The Human Rights Chamber was established under the Dayton Peace Agreement of 1995

1989-2002 PROFESSOR OF LAW and Head of the Legal Department at the Austrian Federal Academy of Public Administration in Vienna

1993-2001 EXPERT MEMBER OF THE U.N. WORKING GROUP ON INVOLUNTARY OR ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCES

  • Fact-finding missions to Yemen and Sri Lanka

1994-1997 U.N. EXPERT IN CHARGE OF THE SPECIAL PROCESS ON MISSING PERSONS IN THE FORMER YUGOSLAVIA

  • Started a process of identification of missing persons through exhumation of mortal remains
  • Initiated International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP)

1993 COORDINATOR OF NGO-INPUT INTO THE SECOND WORLD CONFERENCE ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN VIENNA

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)

  • Sabbatical leaves for research and field-studies in the USA (Columbia University New York), Latin America, Africa, UK (LSE London), Netherlands (Institute of Public and European Law, University of Amsterdam), Germany (Institute of Public and International Law, University of Bielefeld), and the United Nations at Geneva.

Awards

2015 EGON RANSHOFEN-WERTHEIMER-AWARD, Braunau, Austria

2014 GOLDEN OTTO HAHN MEDAL OF PEACE FOR THE ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE FIELD OF HUMAN RIGHTS, United Nations Association of Germany, Berlin, Germany

2013 UNIVERSITY OF OSLO’S LISL UND LEO EITINGER HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD, Oslo, Norway

2012 PROF. ET DR. HONORIS CAUSA, Eötvös Lorand University Budapest, Hungary

2011 IAFS 2005 HONG KONG FORENSIC FOUNDATION LECTURE AWARD,presented at the 19th IAFS Triennial Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Sciences, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

2010 HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD, Panteion University Athens, Greece

2008 HUMAN RIGHTS MEDAL, University of Magdeburg, Germany

2008 MEDAL OF HONOUR, European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation, Venice, Italy

2007 BRUNO KREISKY PRIZE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS for outstanding achievements for services to international human rights, Vienna, Austria

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, Paris, France.

Further Credentials

AUTHOR OF MORE THAN 600 PUBLICATIONS in the fields of constitutional, administrative and international law, human rights as well as development studies

EDITOR OR ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER OF PERIODICALS AND SERIES, e.g. Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, Austrian Review of International and European Law (ARIEL), BIM Human Rights Study Series, European Yearbook on Human Rights, Taiwan Human Rights Journal

RICH TEACHING AND TRAINING EXPERIENCE at universities and training institutions in all world regions

ADVISOR to various governments, development agencies, international organizations and the corporate sector in human rights capacity building

PATRONAGE: e.g. Redress, International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims

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 and companies, e.g. to Brazil (for the Brazilian Bishops Conference), Surinam (for International Alert), India (Tibet mission for the ICJ), Yemen and Iraq (OMV).

Key Publications

2016 HUMAN RIGHTS OR GLOBAL CAPITALISM, THE LIMITS OF PRIVATISATION, University of Pennsylvania Press, 256 pages

2015 MENSCHENRECHTE – EINE ANTWORT AUF DIE WACHSENDE ÖKONOMISCHE UNGLEICHHEIT, Wien/Hamburg, 176 pages

2014 VIENNA+20 ADVANCING THE PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS. ACHIEVEMENTS, CHALLENGES AND PERSPECTIVES 20 YEARS AFTER THE WORLD CONFERENCE (edited together with Julia Kozma and Anna Müller-Funk), Vienna/Graz, 450 pages

2012 ALL HUMAN RIGHTS FOR ALL – VIENNA MANUAL ON HUMAN RIGHTS (edited together with Karolina Januszewski, Tina Hofstätter), Vienna/Graz, 672 pages

2012 FOLTER: DIE ALLTÄGLICHKEIT DES UNFASSBAREN, Vienna, 240 pages

2010 A WORLD COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS - CONSOLIDATED STATUTE AND COMMENTARY (together with Julia Kozma and Martin Scheinin), Vienna, 112 pages

2008 THE UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION AGAINST TORTURE – A COMMENTARY (together with Elizabeth McArthur), Oxford, 1649 pages

2003 INTRODUCTION TO THE INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS REGIME, Leiden (Spanish translation 2009, Chinese translation 2010), 365 pages

1994 WORLD CONFERENCE ON HUMAN RIGHTS, THE CONTRIBUTION OF NGOS, REPORTS AND DOCUMENTS (ed.), Vienna, 298 pages

1993 U.N. COVENANT ON CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS - CCPR COMMENTARY, Kehl/Strasbourg/Arlington (2nd edition 2005, Chinese translations 2003 and 2008), 1277 pages

1989 CCPR-KOMMENTAR, KOMMENTAR ZUM UNO-PAKT ÜBER BÜRGERLICHE UND POLITISCHE RECHTE UND ZUM FAKULTATIVPROTOKOLL, Kehl am Rhein/Straßburg/Arlington 1989, 946 pages

1988 POLITISCHE GRUNDRECHTE, Vienna/New York, 585 pages

1983 DIE EUROPÄISCHE MENSCHENRECHTSKONVENTION IN DER RECHTSPRECHUNG DER ÖSTERREICHISCHEN HÖCHSTGERICHTE (edited together with Felix Ermacora and Hannes Tretter), Vienna 1983, 732 pages.