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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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Columbia // Mark Grieco // Documentary // 88 min // OmeU

If Colombia is the focal point of the new global gold rush then Marmato, a mining town with over 500 years of history, is the new frontier. In its mountain there are $20 billion dollars in gold, but its 8,000 inhabitants are at risk of being displaced by an open-pit mining project. MARMATO chronicles how the townspeople confront a Canadian mining company that wants the gold beneath their homes. Filmed over the course of 6 years, MARMATO is a canvas of magic realism and the confrontation with globalized mining.

Top Kino, Rahlgasse 1, 1060 Vienna

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Migration: Why human rights matter.

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein (Office Of The High Commissioner For Human Rights)

We are extremely pleased to be able to invite you to an exceptional event with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein (Office Of The High Commissioner For Human Rights): "Migration: Why human rights matter." on Friday, 29 April 2016 at 15:00 at Palais Harrach (Freyung 3-3A, 1010 Wien). The event is held with support of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW) and in cooperation with the Office Of The High Commissioner For Human Rights (OHCHR).

Palais Harrach (Freyung 3-3A, 1010 Wien)

Public Lecture: “The European Integration: Engine for Democratisation Processes and Human Rights? The Case of Croatia”

On the occasion of the approaching EU accession of Croatia, Herwig HÖLLER (Journalist of FALTER), Hannes TRETTER (Member of the Research Platform "Human Rights in the European Context", University of Vienna; Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights) and Luka MAĐERIĆ (Head of the Office for Human Rights of the Croatian Government) will discuss the role of the EU integration policy on democratisation processes and the promotion of human rights in the enlargement countries.

Diplomatische Akademie Wien (Favoritenstraße 15a, 1040-Wien)

Die Rolle der EU bei der Beförderung von Menschenrechten und Rechtsstaatlichkeit in Beitrittskandidatenstaaten

Within the framework of the events series HUMAN RIGHTS TALKS, the following panel discussion will take place on the 30th of October 2012 at 19:00 in the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna: "Menschenrechtliche Aus- und Umbauarbeiten des Hauses Europa? Die Rolle der EU bei der Beförderung von Menschenrechten und Rechtsstaatlichkeit in Beitrittskandidatenstaaten".

Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Favoritenstr. 15a, 1040 Wien