Board and staff

Board

The International Centre for the Promotion of Human Rights at the Local and Regional Levels is hosted by the ETC Graz. With its General Assembly and elected Board, the ETC acts as the operational and legal body behind the Centre.

Klaus Starl
Director of the International Centre for the Promotion of Human Rights at the Local and Regional Levels Klaus Starl is appointed the acting director of the Centre. He has more than 30 years of experience in human rights and organisational consulting for local and regional authorities, city networks, as well as the justice sector. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Graz.
Gerd Oberleitner
Co-Director of the International Centre for the Promotion of Human Rights at the Local and Regional Levels UNESCO Chair in Human Rights and Human Security at the University of Graz Gerd Oberleitner is UNESCO Chair in Human Rights and Human Security, Professor of International Law, and Director of the European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy at the University of Graz. His expertise comprises international human rights law, humanitarian law and human security. He holds a doctoral degree in law from the University of Graz.
Heidi Bassin

Staff

The Centre proudly hosts five staff members from different academic disciplines and backgrounds.

Thomas Gakire

Thomas Gakire is responsible for the “City twinning” project between Graz, Austria, and Hawassa, Ethiopia. His fields of expertise comprise project management, international human rights, refugee law, good governance and advocacy. He holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Graz.

thomas.gakire@uni-graz.at
Bernadette Knauder

Bernadette Knauder is a researcher and chiefly responsible for design and implementation of capacity building projects in third countries (Arab region, Africa). Her main research focus is on the rights of the child, in particular children affected by armed conflict and the implementation of children’s rights at the local and regional levels. She holds Master’s degrees in Political Science and Communication Science from the University of Vienna as well as a European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation from the Global Campus of Human Rights in Venice.

+43 (0)316 380 1528 bernadette.knauder@uni-graz.at
Isabella Meier

Isabella Meier is the senior social researcher at the Centre and conducts social as well as empirical research. She is social fieldwork research expert of the Austrian national focal point of the multidisciplinary research network of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRANET) and has extensive experience in indicator based human rights measurements, child rights and criminal procedure rights. She holds a doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Graz.

+43 (0)316 380 1531 isabella.meier@uni-graz.at
Markus Möstl

Markus Möstl is the senior legal researcher at the Centre. He is legal expert of the Austrian national focal point for the multidisciplinary research network of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRANET) and has extensive experience in researching and reporting on the implementation of human rights at all levels of governance. He holds a doctoral degree in law from the University of Graz.

+43 (0)316 380 1535 markus.moestl@uni-graz.at
Livia Perschy

Livia Perschy is the responsible Translator (German/English/French) & Language Editor of the Centre and, further, works as a member of the scientific staff and public relations team. Her expertise is in transcultural communication, translation as well as editing. She holds a Master’s degree in translation with the language combination German/English/French from the University of Graz and is currently in training to become a psychotherapist.

+43 (0)316 380 1533 livia.perschy@uni-graz.at
Alexandra Stocker

Alexandra Stocker is a researcher and in charge of management of the Centre. Her fields of expertise comprise the rights of the child, human rights at the local level as well as human rights monitoring. She holds a Master’s degree in business administration of the University of Graz.

+43 (0)316 380 1536 alexandra.stocker@uni-graz.at
Wanda Tiefenbacher

Wanda Tiefenbacher is a junior researcher in social and political sciences at the Centre and is also responsible for public relations and marketing. Her expertise is in civil society processes, political participation and youth engagement. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Sociology from the London School of Economics as well as a Master’s degree in Social Justice and Community Action from the University of Edinburgh.

+43 (0)316 380 1532 wanda.tiefenbacher@uni-graz.at

Trainers

There are two consulting trainers who conduct human rights education and training.

Simone Philipp

Human rights education and training, project development
+43 (0)316 380 1534
simone.philipp@uni-graz.at

Barbara Schmiedl

Human rights education and training
+43 (0)316 380 1533
barbara.schmiedl@uni-graz.at

 

There is currently one volunteer working at the Centre. New openings and opportunities are announced here.

Scientific Board

Scientific board as of October 2018

Dr. Elisabeth Abiri, Gothenburg

Prof. Dr. Florence Benoît-Rohmer, Strasbourg

Prof. Dr. Florian Bieber, Graz

Prof. Dr. Christina Binder, Munich

Dr. Christine Bräutigam, New York

Prof. Dr. Bojko Bučar, Ljubljana

Prof. Dr. Koen De Feyter, Antwerpen

Prof. Dr. Paolo di Stefani, Padova

Prof. DDr. Rainer Hofmann, Frankfurt

Prof. Dr. Walter Kälin, Bern

Prof. Dr. Dzidek Kedzia, Poznan/Geneva

Prof. Dr. Morten Kjærum, Lund

Prof. Dr. Benjamin Kneihs, Salzburg

Shulamith Koenig, New York

Prof. Dr. Josip Kregar, Zagreb

Prof. Dr. Jean-Paul Lehners, Luxemburg

Prof. Dr. Peter Leuprecht, Montréal

Dr. Walther Lichem, Vienna

Prof. Dr. Lauri Mälksoo, Tartu

Prof. Dr. Joseph Marko, Graz

Prof. Dr. Vital Moreira, Coimbra

Prof. Dr. Manfred Nowak, Vienna

Prof. Dr. Barbara Oomen, Middelburg

Prof. Dr. Elina Pirjatanniemi, Abo/Turku

Prof. Dr. Martin Polaschek, Graz

Prof. Dr. Wolf Rauch, Graz

Prof. Dr. Kurt Remele, Graz

Prof. Dr. Kirsten Schmalenbach, Salzburg

Prof. Dr. Alexander Sicilianos, Strasbourg

Alfred Stingl, Graz

Dr. Christian Strohal, Vienna

Ges. Dr. Engelbert Theuermann, Vienna

Prof. Dr. Helmut Tichy, Vienna

Prof. Dr. Daniel Thürer, Zurich

Prof. Dr. Silvia Ulrich, Linz

a.o. Prof. Dr. Anita Ziegerhofer, Graz

Prof. Dr. Leo Zwaak, Utrecht

(April 2020)