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: Victims of violence seeking for asylum in Austria

On the panel Margit Ammer (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights), Ruth Kronsteiner (Hemayat), Nadja Lorenz (Netzwerk Asylanwalt) and Thomas Wenzel (Psychiatrist) will discuss the situation of torture survivors in asylum procedures. The talk will be moderated by Irene Brickner (Der Standard). The event will be held in German!

Aula des Universitätscampus Altes AKH, 1. Hof, Spitalgasse 2-4, 1090 Wien

HUMAN RIGHTS TALK: Female Quotas - Yes, please?

The proportion of women in politics, public service, supervisory boards in the private sector or in government-related companies is a current topic. EU Commissioner Reding's proposal for a quota for women in supervisory boards and the debate in Germany led to the question: What are the developments with regards to female quotas in Austra?{C}

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

CINEMA AND HUMAN RIGHTS: Screening of IT'S A GIRL (Austrian premiere)

In India, China and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed and abandoned and female foetuses are aborted, simply because they are female. The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls in the world today have “disappeared” because of this so-called “gendercide”. This is rooted in traditions that go back centuries and are sustained by deeply ingrained cultural dynamics which, in combination with government policies, allow the continuation of these brutal practices. Shot on location in India and China, It’s a Girl reveals the truth of the situation.

Topkino, Rahlgasse 1, 1060 Wien

PANEL DISCUSSION: “Global Prison Crisis: Protecting Human Dignity”

In the context of the 20th anniversary of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, the Institute will hold a panel debate with experts from different parts of the world focusing on the evolving global prison crisis and its impact on the particularly vulnerable dignity of persons in places of deprived liberty. The expertise of the panel members will allow the presentation of the main areas of concern in the field of torture prevention in prisons as well as the illustration of best practice examples in various regions of the world.

“Alte Kapelle” – Institut für Ethik und Recht in der Medizin, Spitalgasse 2-4 (Hof 2.8), Campus, Altes AKH, 1090 Wien

HUMAN RIGHTS TALK: Nothing can justify torture - From Legal Prohibition to Enforcement and Implementation

Manfred NOWAK (University of Vienna, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture), Gerald STABEROCK (World Organisation Against Torture – OMCT), Henri TIPHAGNE (President of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development, Director of the Human Rights Organisation People`s Watch - India) and Edita LINTL (Management - team HEMAYAT) will be discussing the core challenges in enforcing the absolute prohibition of torture and how it can be ensured that victims of torture have effective ac

Aula des Uni Campus Altes AKH (1. Hof, Spitalgasse 2-4, 1090 Wien)

Opening of the Research Centre of Human Rights

On the day before the international day of human rights, 10 December, the University of Vienna opened its new Research Centre of Human Rights.

On this occasion, a renowned expert group discussed the topic, "Human rights behind bars?": Manfred Nowak, director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Insitute of Human Rights and the director of the new Research Centre and former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture; linguist Brigitta Busc; Bruno Sladek, head of the penal institution Stein; and director Tina Leisch. In addition, Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik, Vice-Rector of the University of Vienna, and Wolfgang Brandstetter, Federal Minister for Justice, spoke at the opening.