For years the EU has struggled to achieve a Common European Asylum System (CEAS). By mid-July of this year all the CEAS guidelines should have been implemented in order to guarantee asylum seekers across Europe with the same minimum conditions for reception and care, access to asylum proceedings and the asylum decision making process. The reality of the situation looks startlingly different; Europe’s refugee policy is in a grave state of crisis.
Human Rights Talks
On Tuesday, 19 May 2015 at 19:00 o’clock the third HUMAN RIGHTS TALK: "Law as a driver of societal change" will take place at the rooftop of the Juridicum. The event is organized by the Research Centre Human Rights of the University of Vienna and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights.
This HUMAN RIGHTS TALK will analyse innovative legal strategies, which improve the access to the law for vulnerable groups as well as to utilise law as a driver of societal change, such as strategic litigation. Moreover, universities as places for educating future law experts will be central to the discussion. The progressive educational model of “law clinics”, in which experience oriented learning is combined with helping vulnerable clients, positively adds to the development of social responsibility of law students. Thus, the societal role of law experts can be reflected upon and questioned critically. At the same time, law clinics can play an integral role in society by collaborating with NGOs as well as law firms – e.g. legal research, innovative academic approaches, and the development of international networks.
Tonight, 14. April 2015, the second “HUMAN RIGHTS TALK: Human Rights between Religions and Cultures” of the summer semester will be held at 19:00 o'clock at the rooftop of the Juridicum. The event is organized by the Research Centre Human Rights of the University of Vienna and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights and held in cooperation with the DRAVA Verlag.
Human rights are often criticized as being a eurocentric concept imposed upon other states, mostly by cultural imperialism. The idea that human rights are not compatible with some religions and cultures is sometimes invoked to question their universality. The question whether human rights are universal and should be globally valid has also been controversially discussed in the media in the recent months and will be dealt with in depth in this HUMAN RIGHTS TALK. Austrian-Canadian international law expert and human rights lawyer Peter Leuprecht will address these issues in his presentation, followed by a panel discussion with Ingeborg Gerda Gabriel (Institute for Social Ethics, University of Vienna) and Manfred Nowak (Research Centre Human Rights of the University of Vienna; Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights). Irene Brickner (der Standard) will serve as the evening's moderator.
On Thursday, 26 March 2015 the HUMAN RIGHTS TALK: Human Rights & Global Capitalism: David vs. Goliath? will take place in the Assembly Hall at the University Campus Altes AKH. The event is organized by the Research Centre Human Rights of the University of Vienna and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights.
Over 20 years ago at the World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna, Austria, 171 states came together and declared Human Rights to be “universal, indivisible, and inalienable.” Today, however, international enforcement mechanisms for social, economic, and cultural rights remain weak. The global financial crisis of the past years has demonstrated that questions of social equality, solidarity and distributional justice are intrinsically linked with social, economic and cultural rights and as such represent a central challenge of the 21st century.
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of WWI the panel discussion HUMAN RIGHTS TALK: Responsibility to protect? Humanitarian intervention from the perspective of victims of armed conflicts takes place.
On 23d of April 2014 the HUMAN RIGHTS TALK: "Can music be torture?" took place in the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna.
The event was organized by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights and took place in cooperation with derStandard.at, juridikum, zeitschrift für kritik | recht | gesellschaft , zige.tv and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna.
On 25th of March 2014, Richard Kühnel (Representative of the European Commission in Austria), Kateryna Mishchenko (Editor and translator in Kiev), Susanne Scholl (former ORF-correspondent in Moscow) and Hannes Tretter (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights) were discussing the human rights implications of the current political developments in Ukraine as well as the role and responsibility of the European Union. The talk was moderated by Anna Giulia Fink (news magazine “profil”).