European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy
ETC has been set up as a non-profit association and started its work in October 1999. Its main aim is to conduct research and training programmes in the fields of human rights, democracy and the rule of law in close cooperation with the University of Graz. The ETC specialises in four areas: fundamental rights, human rights education, human security and human rights at the local level. It mainly focuses on research projects, educational programmes and publications. Special emphasis is put on training programmes for civil servants, the police, army, judges, as well as for staff of international organisations and NGOs in Austria and abroad. Since 2003, ETC publishes the manual ‘Understanding Human Rights’ which is now available in 15 languages. In 2003, ETC started working on human rights policy indicators with the LISI Indicators (Legal Indicators on Social Inclusion) of new minorities in the EU. ETC has been involved in numerous research projects. The funding agencies include, inter alia, the European Commission (coordinator of FP6 projects HUMSEC and PROMISE, and participation in a FP7 project – MULTIPART), EU Fundamental Rights Agency, UNESCO, EIUC, World University Service, Austrian Development Agency, various Austrian ministries including the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, various national funding agencies including the Austrian Science Fund and the Anniversary Fund of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank.
Wolfgang Benedek is professor of international law at the Karl Franzens University of Graz, founder and co-director of the European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Graz (ETC). He is also Chair of World University Service (WUS) Austria, with large programs for the reconstruction of universities in Bosnia and Herzegowina, Montenegro, Kosovo/a and Serbia as well as assisting the establishment of human rights centers at universities in the region. He is lecturer at Diplomatic Academy Vienna, at European Peace University, Stadtschlaining and at the European MA Programs on Human Rights and Democracy in Venice and Sarajevo.
He was member of the Advisory Board for Human Rights of the Ministry of Interior, President of the Media Appeals Board of the Independent Media Commission of Kosovo/a and advisor of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights in Banjul, Gambia
His main research fields include the implementation of international human rights in particular at regional and local level and with special focus on South Eastern Europe and Africa, human rights education, Internet Governance, Human Rights and Information Society, Human Rights and EU, Human Rights and Terrorism, refugees and migration, GATT and WTO, EU in WTO, human security in particular in relation to human rights and post-conflict situations and counterterrorism.
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Klaus Starl is Executive Secretary of the ETC Graz. He holds a Doctoral degree in economics from the Karl Franzens University of Graz. He is lecturer at the University of Graz. He specialized in human rights indicators, the prohibition of discrimination, human rights at the local level, the right to education and economics of distribution. He holds professional trainings for the judiciary, military forces, police, border guards, politicians, members of public administration, teaching professions.
Klaus Starl is Human Rights Consultant for the city of Graz, member of the city’s human rights council and appointed as scientific advisor for the European Coalition of Cities against Racism.
He is managing research projects since more than ten years in national and international research programmes, functioning as coordinator in three FP6 and FP7 projects. He is also managing the Austrian Focal Point for the Fundamental Rights Agency.
Markus Möstl is a Research Fellow at the European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Graz. He holds a Magister iuris degree from the University of Graz and is doctoral student at the Institute of International Law and International Relations at the University of Graz.
His main research interests are the Common Security and Defence Policy of the EU and human security, human rights indicators, as well as Council of Europe expert bodies monitoring human rights. He has acquired extensive experience in the development and application of an indicator scheme for racism and discrimination in the project on “European Cities against Racism” funded by the European Commission. Monitoring of human rights through the use of indicators was further addressed by his research on human rights monitoring mechanisms by Council of Europe expert bodies at the University of Graz. Mr. Möstl was involved in numerous national and international research projects, including the FP6 project HUMSEC (Human security in the Western Balkan region: the impact of transnational terrorist and criminal organization in the peace-building process of the Western Balkan region) and the FP7 project MULTIPART (Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships in Post-Conflict Reconstruction: The Role of the European Union).
Markus Möstl is member of the editorial board of the online journal “Human Security Perspectives” and co-convener of the “Human Security Focus Group” at the University of Graz, Austria.
Maddalena Vivona is researcher and project manager at the ETC Graz. She graduated in law at the Universitá degli Studi di Parma (Italy) with a thesis on torture, inhuman and degrading treatment in the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights. Before working at the ETC she completed the court internship at the Court of Appeals Graz. Her research interests lies in the field of the prohibition of torture, prison studies and human security.
Since 2003 she is working at the ETC Graz, taking care mainly of the project development. She managed the FP6 coordination action “HUMSEC – Human security in the Western Balkan region: the impact of transnational terrorist and criminal organization in the peace-building process of the Western Balkan region”. She was researcher for the FP7 project “Multipart – Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships in Post-Conflict Reconstruction: The Role of the European Union”. She was also trainer for the EU-Just-Lex Mission for Iraq on the prohibition of torture and on female imprisonment, co-organizer of the International Summer Academy on Human Security and member of the editorial board of the online journal “Human Security Perspectives”.
Veronika Apostolovski is a researcher at the European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Graz (ETC). She is also a member of the Arbitration Committee of the Medical University of Graz. She previously was a project researcher at the Institute of International Law and International Relations of the Karl Franzens University Graz. She participated in the EIUC’s European Master Programme on Human Rights and Democratisation in Venice. Her main research fields are international human rights, especially the ECHR, human rights and EU and the area of equal treatment and anti-discrimination, especially multiple and intersectional discrimination.
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Isabella Meier is a research fellow at the European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy. She holds a doctorate degree in sociology from the Karl-Franzens-University of Graz. She previously was a research fellow at the University of Graz, at the Institute for Economics and at the Medical University of Graz, Institute for Social Medicine and Epidemiology. In her positions she has acquired extensive knowledge and experience in qualitative and quantitative methods of empirical research. She is a social expert for qualitative fieldwork research at the Austrian National Focal Point of the Fundamental Rights Agency. Her main research interests are fundamental rights, social welfare and elderly care, gender studies, public health and indicator based measuring of the implementation of human rights.