The European Training- and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy at the University of Graz (Uni-ETC) was established in 2009. Located at the Faculty of Law of the University of Graz, it is active in interdisciplinary research, teaching and science-to-public activities in human rights. The Centre is a clearing-house for human rights at the University of Graz and hosts the UNESCO Chair in Human Rights and Human Security.
The Centre offers courses in human rights and human rights education for students of all academic disciplines. It coordinates a specific certificate in human rights in the law studies with more than 25 lectures and courses in human rights, including clinics and skills courses. It coordinates the participation of the University in the Global Campus of Regional Human Rights Master Programmes and its European and regional master programmes in human rights and democratization.
The Centre is dedicated to research in human rights, including human rights education, European Union and human rights, globalisation, South-East Europe, democratisation, human rights at the local level and migration and asylum law. The Centre coordinates the interdisciplinary research cluster ‘human rights, democracy, diversity and gender’ at the Faculty of Law, participates in EU-funded research projects and coordinates the interdisciplinary doctoral programme in human rights, democracy, diversity and gender, and publishes the European Yearbook of Human Rights. It is active in international academic cooperation ((Global Campus of Regional Human Rights Master Programmes, Scholars at Risk, Association of Human Rights Institutes).
The Centre also coordinates the human rights award of the University of Graz.