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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Cinema and Human Rights: The Grapes of Wrath

GRAPES OF WRATH tells the story of the Joads, a family of farmers from Oklahoma, who lose their farm during the Great Depression and a severe drought in the 1930s. With little work potential on the horizon of the Oklahoma dust bowls, the entire family packs up and heads for the promised land - California. But the arduous trip and harsh living conditions they encounter offer little hope, and family unity proves as daunting a challenge as any other they face. The movie is based on a novel by John Steinbeck.

The event will take place in English!

TOPKINO, Rahlgasse 1, 1060 Wien

PUBLIC LECTURE: “The Future of the European asylum system – Which lessons should be learned from the experience with Greece?”

The judgement of the European Court of Human Rights on 21 January 2011 reinforced that the European asylum system is in need of reform. With roughly 90% of all detentions of migrants and refugees that had irregularly immigrated to the European Union, Greece carries the main burden of immigration to the EU but the responsibility for it lies with all Member States of the European Union.

Clubraum der ÖGAVN (Hofburg/Stallburg, Reitschulgasse 2/2.OG, 1010-Wien)

HUMAN RIGHTS TALK: data collection and monitoring as significant tools to combat racism

At the talk, panellists Petja DIMITROVA (Artist), Josef KYTIR (Statistics Austria), Monika MAYRHOFER (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights), and Claudia SCHÄFFER (ZARA-Civil Courage and Anti-Racism Work) will discuss the role of monitoring and data collection as important methods and means of supporting the fight against racism today.

Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Favoritenstrasse 15a, 1040 Wien