FRAME Fostering Human Rights Among European Policies

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BIM

Ludwig Boltzmann Association – Institute of Human Rights

The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (BIM) was founded in Vienna in 1992. With a staff of currently 50 persons, the primary focus of BIM is on research activities in the field of human rights at national, European and international levels. BIM’s main objective is to offer a link between academic research and human rights practice. A considerable amount of work is devoted to empirical research and project implementation. Through cooperation with international, European and national institutions – like EU, OSCE, Council of Europe, UN, ICTY, Austrian and foreign ministries – as well as other human rights research institutes and NGOs, BIM provides studies, analysis and data on human rights issues in areas such as international, European and national law, politics, education and the media. BIM is closely connected to the University of Vienna and coordinates the activities of the University’s ‘Interdisciplinary Research Platform Human Rights in the European Context’ which assembles representatives of 12 departments with the purpose of strengthening the inter-disciplinary research on the topic of Human Rights in Europe. BIM is a member of various national and international networks, including the Association of Human Rights Institutes (AHRI), the Litigation Association of NGOs against Discrimination, COST Action ISO702, ‘The Role of the EU in UN Human Rights Reform’ and the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation EIUC. BIM staff is also engaged in human rights teaching and training and is involved in various university courses and post-graduate programmes at several European universities.

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Karin Lukas

Researcher, Team leader

Key competences

  • Academic research on human rights & business, women’s rights, and development cooperation
  • Lectures, trainings and presentations on these topics for various target groups (NGOs, students, companies, international organisations)
  • Conceptualising and drafting of project proposals
  • Experience with multi-disciplinary teams and international environments
  • Team building and management skills

Professional record

  • Senior researcher and team leader of the human rights in development cooperation and business team at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights
  • Member of the European Committee of Social Rights, Council of Europe
  • Consultant for UNDP, BMeiA, Austrian Development Agency, OMV, etc
  • Member of the Corporate Social Responsibility Expert Committee at the Austrian Standards Institute
    Gender Consultant for the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), World Bank Group (2001)
  • Research Assistant on International Law at the Washington College of Law, American University (2000-2001)

Education

  • LL.M. Gender and the Law (Washington College of Law, American University)
  • E.MA Human Rights and Democratisation
  • Legal studies at the University of Vienna

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Monika Mayrhofer

Researcher

Key competences

  • Research in the areas of anti-discrimination and diversity, racism, migration, gender and queer studies
  • Research projects in the area of racism, climate-related migration, non-discrimination, access to justice, gender and economy, gender and migration (Austria, EU)
  • Organisation and coordination of (research) projects, networks and workshops
  • Teaching, lectures and presentations in the areas of political theory, european studies, gender and queer studies, cultural studies and human rights policies
  • Publications and research reports

Professional record

  • Researcher at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights
  • Lecturer at the University of Vienna, Institute of International Development and Institute of Political Science, and Ramkhamhaeng University, Institute of International Studies, Bangkok
  • Researcher at the Institute of Institutional and Heterodox Economics, University of Economics and Business Administration in Vienna
  • Teaching Assistent at the University of Vienna, Institute of Political Science

Education

  • Doctoral program at the University of Vienna (2002-2008)
  • Postgraduate program “European Integration” at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Department of Political Science
  • Study of Political Science, History and Philosophy at the Universities of Vienna and Copenhagen (1996-2002)

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Katrin Wladasch

Researcher

Key competences

  • Academic/legal and socio-economic human rights research with a focus on anti-discrimination, diversity and equality issues, civil society and participation
  • Profound knowledge and experience in the fields of policy analysis and assessment in the field of anti-discrimination
  • Expert on diversity management andstrategic implementation of positive measures on the way to equal opportunities
  • Development of training designs for different target groups as well as for different topics (awareness raising, legal framework, multicultural competence, conflict resolution) within the field of human rights education.
  • Capacity Building in the field of Human Rights, Anti-Discrimination and Citizenship Education for teachers, NGO employees, students, social workers, lawyers, administrative authorities etc.

Professional record

  • Legal and socio-economic researcher at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, Anti-Discrimination
  • Independent Consultant on issues of Human Rights, Human Rights Education, Anti-Discrimination, Diversity Management, Intercultural Competence, Conflict Resolution and Education for Democracy
  • Short term expert in various European projects: anti-discrimination and capacity building
  • Lector for Civic Education, University of Vienna
  • Executive Director and Project Manager, ZARA – Zivilcourage und Anti-Rassismus-Arbeit (2002-2006)
  • Service Centre for Human Rights Education and Civic Education, Boltzmann Institute for Human Rights (2000-2002)
  • Coordinator of the Network of Austrian Human Rights NGOs (1999-2000)
  • Legal Counsellor on Anti-Racism, Helping Hands (1999)

Education

  • Mag.a iuris, Studies of Law: Vienna University, Law Faculty, Universidad de Complutense, Madrid, Law Faculty
  • Mag.a Phil, Political Science, Vienna University
  • Mediator, Mediation and Conflict Resolution: Institute of interdisciplinary Conflict Resolution and mediation

Memberships in professional bodies/networks

  • Chairwoman of ZARA – Zivilcourage und Anti-Rassismus-Arbeit
  • Vice President of the Litigation Association of NGOs againts Racism
  • Member of the Human Rights Advisory Board to the Austrian Ombudsman Board
  • Member of the monitoring body for the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Vienna
  • Board of Trustees’ Member of the Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights Research
  • Member of the Austrian Political Science Association

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Helmut Sax

Researcher, Team leader

Key competences

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

Professional record

  • 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)
  • University Vienna, lecturer on civic education and human rights (since 2004)
  • Consultancies for several NGOs, including SOS Kinderdorf, Austrian Committee for UNICEF and the Austrian National Coalition for the Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (since 2000)
  • Trainee at Mlynek Notary public’s office, Vienna (1992/93)

Education

  • University Vienna, Master in Legal Studies (Mag. iur.), Specialisation classes on Fundamental rights, International Law, European Law and Psychology (1988 to 1993)
  • Austrian Study Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR), Specialisation Course on Child Protection, Monitoring and Rehabilitation (with emphasis on child rights and child protection issues in the context of field operations) (September/October 2006)
  • ZARA (Austrian anti-Racism association), Anti-Racism Training Course, March to June 2000·
  • Additional training on communication and presentation skills

Memberships in professional bodies/networks

  • Member of the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) of the Council of Europe (since 2011)
  • Member of the 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)
  • Member of the Executive Team of the Austrian National Coalition for the Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (2005-2007 and 2010-2011)
  • Member of the Executive Committee of ECPAT Austria (Austrian Platform against commercial sexual exploitation of children, since 2004)
  • Board Member of the Austrian NGO “Kuratorium Kinderstimme” (2007-2010)
  • BIM representative in the inter-governmental Taskforce Working Group on Child Trafficking (since 2007)

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Julia Planitzer

Researcher

Key competences

  • Legal human rights research, in particular women’s rights and trafficking in human beings;
  • Working experience in the field of trafficking in human beings (Member of the Austrian Task Force on Human Trafficking, coordination of anti-human trafficking related issues of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights , Short-term expert and component-lead in Twinning-project)
  • Sound knowledge of gender mainstreaming policies and usage of this strategy to reach gender equality
  • Presentation skills gained through work experience and trainings (presentations on gender equality and trafficking in human beings in Europe)

Professional record

  • Legal researcher at Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Human Rights (06/2008-present)
  • Legal assistant and deputy human rights coordinator at Federal Ministry of Social Affairs and Consumer Protection (07/2005-08/2008)

Education

  • Legal studies, University of Vienna and Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands) Specialisation: Environmental Law, European Law and International Law

Membership in professional bodies/networks

  • Austrian Task Force on Human Trafficking (Advisory membership of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights)

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Susanne Fraczek

Researcher, Team leader

Key competences

  • Master’s degree in Law, University of Vienna
  • Master’s degree in Political Science and English, University of Vienna
  • Participation in the Erasmus student exchange programme at the University of Huddersfield, UK

Professional record

  • Court trainee at the Higher Regional Court Vienna
  • Seminar Coordinator at the Austrian Red Cross/ACCORD (Austrian Centre for Country of Origin and Asylum Research and Documentation)
  • Workshop assistant at the Austrian Research Foundation for Development Aid (ÖFSE)/ACCORD
  • Library Assistant at the Department of Political Science, University of Vienna

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Claudia Hüttner

Project Management

Key competences

  • Project design, -management, -implementation, -controlling, – budgeting and monitoring (PCM), financial management und coordination
  • Theoretical and practice-oriented implementation and reflection of the EU integration process
  • Cooperation with project partners in public administration of the new EU member states, candidate countries and EU institutions
  • Experience in empirical research and training

Professional record

  • Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Human Rights, Fields of expertise: Management of EU Twinning projects and other projects in the field of European Neighbourhood and Integration policy, Development and human rights
  • Trainer for migrants in the context of German literacy courses, vocational guidance, bfi
  • Technical Officer for national and international projects and fundraising, Kinderfreunde
  • Person responsible for contracting of University lecturers, University of Vienna, Medical Deanery
  • Research Fellow in the Jubilee Fund Research Project “Working conditions in the informal sector in Dakar, Senegal”
  • Research assistant in the project “Language and culture of the Wolof in Senegal”, sponsored by the University of Vienna and the Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar

Education

  • Master’s degree course in Political Science and African studies, University of Vienna University
  • Field research on the role of women and cultural change in Senegal
  • Stage EU Parliament, Brussels, internships various EU consultancies
  • Permanent job relevant education

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Anna Müller-Funk

Anna Müller-Funk holds a BSc of International Business and Economics from  Aston University (UK) as well as a MSc of Human Rights from the University of Birmingham (UK). She works as a Researcher at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights and is the Academic Coordinator at the Research Centre Human Rights at the University of Vienna. She was involved in numerous research projects related to human rights in the past years. Publications include: Vienna+20. Advancing the Protection of Human Rights, (Kozma Julia, Müller-Funk Anna,  Nowak Manfred, eds., intersentia 2014), The European Agency for Fundamental Rights in 2009: Opportunities, Responsibilities and Prospects (with Hannes Tretter, in: European Yearbook on Human Rights 2010. Neuer Wissenschaftlicher Verlag, 2010).