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Helmut Sax

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Title: 
Dr.
First Name: 
Helmut
Last Name: 
Sax
Position: 
Key Researcher
Telephone: 
+43 (1) 4277 27424
Address: 
Freyung 6 (Schottenhof), 1. Stiege II, A-1010 Wien

 

Curriculum Vitae

 

Key competences

  • Academic research and analysis, with special emphasis on child rights based approaches and on trafficking in human beings
  • Human rights monitoring and assessment
  • Networking and advocacy
  • Training and curriculum development
  • Project development

Professional record

  • Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, Legal researcher (07/1994 to present), Head of Department on Child Rights, Women’s Rights and Human Trafficking (since 2008)
  • Lecturer and guest lectures at academic institutions (Universities of Vienna, Graz, Krems, Liverpool, applied sciences institutions of Vienna, St. Pölten, Dornbirn, German Youth Institute Munich), at international conferences (United Nations, Council of Europe, European Union, OSCE), advanced learning programmes (e.g. European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation/Venice, Human Rights Master/Vienna, elbMUN/Dresden, African Human Rights Camp/Zimbabwe), on subjects, such as human rights, children’s rights, trafficking in human beings, civic education
  • Human rights monitor, including for the Council of Europe (Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA), in Armenia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, Germany), for non-governmental organisations (“shadow reporting“ to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, UN Committee on economic, social and cultural rights)
  • Consultancies, including for European Commission, European Parliament, Council of Europe, UNHCR, ministries and other public bodies, non-governmental organisations (such as child rights networks in Austria, Germany, SOS Children’s Villages, UNICEF Austria)

Education

  • University Vienna, Master in Legal Studies (Mag. iur.), Specialisation classes on Fundamental rights, International Law, European Law (1988 to 1993)
  • Advance learning programmes, including at Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR), Specialisation Course on Child Protection, Monitoring and Rehabilitation (in the context of field operations) (September/October 2006), ZARA association, Anti-Racism Training Programme (2000), trainings on child psychology, and on communication and presentation skills

Membership in professional bodies/networks

  • Second Vice-President (2013-2014) of the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) of the Council of Europe (since 2011, re-elected in December 2014 for second four year-term)                                                      
  • Austrian Child Rights Monitoring Board (since 2012)
  • BIM representative at the inter-institutional Austrian Task Force on Human Trafficking Working Group on Child Trafficking (since 2007)
  • Vienna University Representative (with Manfred Nowak) at the Child Rights ERASMUS Academic Network (CREAN) (since 2012)
  • Management Council of the European Children’s Network (EURONET), as representative of the Austrian National Coalition for the Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (2007-2010)
  • Executive Team of the Austrian National Coalition for the Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (2005-2007 and 2010-2011)
  • Board Member of the Austrian NGO “Kuratorium Kinderstimme” (2007-2010)
  • Board Member of ECPAT Austria (2004-2012)

Selected Publications

  • Sax, H (Hg), Roma Communities in Austria and trafficked children - results of a research project 2013-2015, Vienna 2015 (in German, forthcoming).
  • Kinderhandel - Strukturen und Maßnahmen zur Unterstützung betroffener Kinder in Österreich und im EU-Vergleich [Child trafficking - Structures and measures for child victim assistance in Austria and in the EU] (ed.), NWV Vienna - Graz 2014.
  • Kinderhandel in Österreich – aktuelle öffentlichrechtliche Fragestellungen zu Kooperation und Opferschutz [Child trafficking in Austria - cooperation and victim protection from a public law perspective] (with Nowak, Manfred/Weichselbaum, Barbara), LexisNexis Anti-Child-Trafficking (ACTNow), Vienna 2013, 3-25.
  • Good practices in Anti-Child Trafficking, in Center for the Study of Democracy (ed.), Handbook on Assisting and reintegrating children victims of trafficking: promotion and evaluation of best practices in source and destination countries, Sofia 2013, 105-117.
  • Monitoring of Anti-Trafficking Efforts by the Council of Europe – The Role of GRETA, in Nowak, Manfred / Januszewski, Karolina / Hofstätter, Tina (ed.), All Human Rights for All. Vienna Manual on Human Rights, NWV Vienna 2012, 151-157.
  • Combating Trafficking in Human Beings for Labour Exploitation in Austria (with Planitzer, Julia), in Rijken, Conny (ed.): Combating Trafficking in Human Beings for Labour Exploitation, Wolf Legal Publishers, 2011, 1-72.
  • Die Stellung des Kindes in der politischen Entscheidung in Österreich aus kinderrechtlicher Perspektive [The Status of the Child in Political Decision-making in Austria, from a Child Rights Perspective], in Kerbl, R./Thun-Hohenstein, L./Damm, L./Waldhauser, F. (ed.), Kind und Recht: 3. Jahrestagung Politische Kindermedizin 2009, Springer Vienna/New York 2010, 103-116.
  • Sociological Research Handbook on Child Trafficking (with Ana-Maria Tamas, Barbara Unterlerchner, Astrid Winkler, Spiru Barbuceanu, Mihaela Dorina Nita), Bukarest 2009.
  • Kinderrechte [Children’s Rights], in Heißl, G. (ed.), Handbuch Menschenrechte, 542-556, facultas.wuv Vienna 2009.
  • Im besten Interesse des Kindes - Kindeswohlprüfung als kinderrechtliche Herausforderung [The child’s best interest – a child rights challenge], in Bielefeldt, H./Deile, V./Hamm, B./Hutter, F.-J./Kurtenbach, S./Tretter, H. (eds.) Jahrbuch Menschenrechte 2010 – Kinder und Jugendliche, Böhlau Vienna 2009, 37–56.
  • Kinderrechtliche Rahmenbedingungen der Kindheit in Österreich - Soziale Arbeit als Kinderrechtsprofession [A Child Rights Framework for Childhood in Austria - Social Work as a Child Rights Profession], in: Knapp, G./Salzmann, G. (ed.), Kindheit, Gesellschaft und Soziale Arbeit Lebenslagen und soziale Ungleichheit von Kindern in Österreich, Hermagoras Verlag Klagenfurt 2009.
  • FRA Study on Developing indicators for the protection, respect and promotion of the rights of the child in the European Union (with Stalford, H., Wintersberger, H., Kränzl-Nagl, R. et al.), EU Fundamental Rights Agency, Vienna 2009.
  • Kindersoldaten. Ausbeutung als Kriegsverbrechen [Child soldiers - exploitation as a war crime], in Deile, V./Hutter, F.-J./Kurtenbach, S./Tessmer, C. (eds.), Jahrbuch Menschenrechte 2008 - Schwerpunkt: Sklaverei heute, Suhrkamp, Frankfurt/Main 2007, 121-132.
  • Deprivation of Liberty of Children (Article 37(b), (c), (d), mit William Schabas), contribution to Eugeen Verhellen, André Alen and Johan Vande Lanotte, Commentary on the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Brill/Martinus Nijhoff Publishers 2006.
  • ExpertInnenbericht zum Konsultationsprozess für einen Österreichischen Kinderrechte-Aktionsplan [Expert report on the consultation process for an Austrian National Child Rights Action Plan] (with Renate Kränzl-Nagl, Lieselotte Wilk, Helmut Wintersberger), Vienna 2004.
  • Soziale Rechte unbegleiteter minderjähriger AsylwerberInnen [Social rights of unaccompanied child asylum-seekers], in Sperl/Lukas/Sax (eds.), Wirtschaftliche, soziale und kulturelle Rechte von AsylwerberInnen in Österreich, Verlag Österreich, 2004.
  • Verfassungsrechtliche Umsetzung der UN-Kinderrechtskonvention in Österreich [Constitutional implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Austria] (mit Christian Hainzl), Verlag Österreich, 1999.