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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.

Link to the Research Centre:

HUMAN RIGHTS TALK: From the World Conference on Human Rights 1993 to a World Court of Human Rights?

On the panel Daniel Bacher (Dreikönigsaktion Hilfswerk der Katholischen Jungschar), Manfred Nowak (University of Vienna, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights) and other human rights experts will be discussing how the international human rights protection can be further strengthened and ways to close the remaining accountability gap. The discussion will be moderated by Anna Müller-Funk (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights).

Aula, Campus, Spitalgasse 2, 1090 Wien

HUMAN RIGHTS TALK: Freedom of Expression at Stake?

The revealments of Edward Snowden about the enormous monitoring program of the U.S. National Security Agency as well as Bradley Manning's disclosure of documents to Wikileaks, also because of their prosecution, have flared up a heated discussion about the permissibility of whistleblowing as a form of freedom of speech.

Dachgeschoß im Juridicum, Schottenbastei 10–16, 1010 Wien

CINEMA AND HUMAN RIGHTS: ISN 310 - Djamel Ameziane’s Decade in Guantánamo (Austrian Premiere)

The documentary tells the story of Djamel Ameziane, an Algerian citizen, who has been held in Guantánamo Bay without charge since 2002. In 2008 he was cleared for release since 2008, but has remained in the detention camp until today. He continues to be held because of congressional legislation restricting the transfer of men from Guantánamo, and the White House’s failure to use the limited certification process established by the legislation to transfer detained men.

Topkino (Rahlgasse 1, 1060 Wien)

HUMAN RIGHTS TALK: Experts criticise the resettlement quotas for refugees in the EU

Over 130 people followed the Invitation to the HUMAN RIGHTS TALK: “A Life on Hold – Refugee Resettlements in the EU”. Heinz Patzelt (Amnesty International), Bernhard Perchinig (Migration researcher), Charlotte Phillips (Refugee and Migrants' Rights Team, Amnesty International/ IS), Christoph Pinter (UNHCR), Marcin Pruss (European Commission). The event was organised in cooperation with Amnesty International Austria and the House of the EU.