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 director of the Research Centre Manfred Nowak closely worked with the deputy-directors Christina Binder and Hannes Tretter. The Research Centre assembled 15 academics of five faculties of the University of Vienna with the purpose of strengthening the interdisciplinary research on the topic of human rights.

The term of the Research Centre Human Rights ended on 30 June 2018. The BIM will continue the good collaboration with the University of Vienna and will re-define its shape over the coming months.

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HUMAN RIGHTS TALK: Community Policing - people’s police or a policing people?

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The involvement of the population in police work is a controversial topic. For some, it represents a significant contribution to increasing the sense of security of the inhabitants, an opportunity to make police work more democratic and participatory. Others, however, fear the softening of the state's monopoly of violence, which could promote whistle-blowing and the formation of neighbourhood watches. Which human rights perspectives and considerations are relevant to the implementation of community policing strategies and how can digital solutions promote them?

Dachgeschoß Juridicum (Schottenbastei 10-16, 1010 Wien)

Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Europe

Economic, social and cultural rights have gained considerable attention in recent years, both on the global and the European level. The significant developments of the last decade, for example the impacts of the global economic crisis, have given way to new challenges regarding the implementation of economic, social and cultural rights. Also in this context, the implementation of these rights faces huge obstacles.

Research Centre Human Rights

After ten successful years, the term of the Research Centre Human Rights ends on 30 June 2018. The Research Centre Human Rights, over the years, was an important university-based research partner of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights. We would like to cordially thank all involved colleagues and partners for the fruitful and exciting cooperation.

The BIM will continue the good collaboration with the University of Vienna and will re-define its shape over the coming months.

HUMAN RIGHTS TALK: Justice Moseneke on the Creation and Protection of a Constitutional Democracy in South Africa

Human Rights Talk

Former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke spent his whole life fighting for freedom and changing society for the better. Already at the young age of 15, one year after he joined the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) to stand up against the apartheid regime, he was arrested and sentenced to ten years of imprisonment in Robben Island for his activism. There, Moseneke befriended his fellow prisoner Nelson Mandela and dedicated his time to educating himself. Upon his release, he not only had become a lawyer, but was also the first Black lawyer to join to the otherwise all white Pretoria Bar.

Attic of Urania at Uraniastraße 1, 1010 Wien

Human Rights Talk: Does Austria need an election reform?

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The findings of the Constitutional Court on the repetition of the Federal Presidential Election have brought to light problems in the Austrian electoral processes that have long been in need of a solution. As part of upcoming electoral reforms, some of which are enshrined in the new government agreement, future electoral rights reforms should also meet the recommendations of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the Council of Europe's Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), as well as including civil society.

Dachgeschoß des Juridicum (Schottenbastei 10-16, 1010 Wien)

HUMAN RIGHTS TALK: Cyber-Violence – Same story, new guise?

Sandra Breiteneder (Bundeskanzleramt), Jelena Gučanin (Journalist), Barbara Unterlerchner (ZARA), Dina Nachbaur (Weisser Ring) und Maria Windhager (Lawyer), will discuss what the term cyber-violence encompasses, who it affects and how, and ways in which governments, schools, workplaces and individuals can deal with this phenomenon and ensure that women and girls can express themselves and their views in a safe, online environment.

Dachgeschoß des Juridicums (Schottenbastei 10-16, 1010 Wien)