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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Review Symposium „Human Rights in the City: A City for all”

Symposium „Menschenrechte in der Stadt: Eine Stadt für alle“

On the 10th of December 2014, International Human Rights Day, a symposium on “Human Rights in the City: A City for all” was held in the auditorium of the University of Vienna Campus. The symposium was organised by the City of Vienna (MA 7 – Culture, MA 17 – Integration and Diversity and Human Rights Coordination of the City of Vienna), planned and carried out by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights in cooperation with the Research Centre Human Rights of the University of Vienna.  Austrian and international experts from academia and practise were invited to four thematically different panel discussions.

Symposium: „Menschenrechte in der Stadt: Eine Stadt für alle"

The complexity of societal processes in cities makes them centres of innovation and societal development, but also spaces in which cultural differences clash and conflicts need to be resolved. Vienna, which is currently undergoing a phase of growth, meets various challenges resulting from this dynamic.

In the context of the ongoing process "Vienna – Human Rights City", which began at the end of 2013, the conference will consider the question of how a human rights based approach can be defined and implemented in the city.

Aula am Campus, Hof 1.11, Spitalgasse 2 1090 Wien

Kenneth Clarke discussing with Manfred Nowak

At the talk on the 13th of February 2012, the British Secretary of State for Justice Kenneth Clarke put forward his planned reform for the European Court of Human Rights. Following Mr Clarke’s presentation, Kenneth Clarke and Manfred Nowak discussed whether such a reform would restrict European citizens gaining access to the Court and how the numerous pending applications to the Court should be dealt with. The audience members also took part in the lively debate.

Human Rights City Vienna

The Viennese city government decided in its governmental programme 2010 to emphasize human rights aspects within its agenda.

Thus, human rights expert Manfred Nowak, head of the Research Platform "Human Rights in the European Context, was commissioned with an analysis of the current situation and suggestions for a work programme 2014.

With this event the core results will be presented and the implementation process wil be started.

The presentation and panel discussion will be held in German.

Wappensaal, Rathaus