The UNESCO Chair in Human Rights and Human Security was established at the University of Graz in 2016 to strengthen interdisciplinary teaching, research, academic cooperation and outreach in human rights and human security. The UNESCO Chair is located at the European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy at the University of Graz. The Chair supports UNESCO’s objectives of life-long learning and human rights education as a means to promote global citizenship, create inclusive societies and foster peace and stability. The Chair is active in teaching human rights and strengthens the University’s capacity in interdisciplinary research in human rights and human security within the research areas of the University of Graz. Its establishment expresses the commitment of the University of Graz to human rights, advances international academic cooperation and supports the activities of the city of Graz, the first European human rights city.
Gerd Oberleitner is Professor of International Law, Director of the European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy at the University of Graz, and Head of the Institute of International Law and International Relations at the Law Faculty of the University of Graz. He served as Legal Adviser in the Human Rights Department of the Austrian Foreign Ministry, was Executive Director of the European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Graz and Lecturer in Human Rights at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He was Visiting Fellow at the LSE’s Centre for the Study of Human Rights, at the European Inter-University Centre in Venice and the Université du Quebéc à Montréal and Visiting Professor at Rutgers University and the Universities of Prishtina and Ljubljana. He is National Director of the European Master's Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation and teaches in the Global Campus of Regional Human Rights Master Programmes. Recent publications include Global Human Rights Institutions: between Remedy and Ritual (Polity 2007), Human Rights in Armed Conflict: Law, Practice, Policy (Cambridge University Press 2015), Blurring Boundaries: Human Security and Forced Migration (as co-editor, Brill 2017) and (as editor) Human Rights Institutions, Tribunals and Courts (Springer 2018).