The University of Vienna and the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft signed a partnership agreement on September 24th in order to continue the work of the "Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Fundamental- and Human Rights". With this agreement, the institutions bundle their expertise and underpin Vienna's status as “City of Human Rights”. Michael Lysander Fremuth, Professor for Fundamental- and Human Rights at University of Vienna, leads the Institute as scientific director. The ceremony also marked the renaming of the Institute into “Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Basic- and Human Rights”.
The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (BIM) looks back on its achievements over the last 25 years of human rights research in Vienna with some pride. When the institute was founded in the context of the preparations for the first World Conference on Human Rights in 1992, it was one of only a few of its kind in Europe. Today, the BIM is part of a community of university and extra-university institutions focusing on human rights research.
We are happy that the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights receives the Democracy Award of the Margaretha Lupac Foundation in 2016. In its explanatory statement, the jury underlines the importance of sound research for the further development and strengthening of democracy and acknowledges the high international reputation of the researchers working at the institute.
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