In 2016, UNESCO agreed to the establishment of a UNESCO Chair in Human Rights and Human Security at the University of Graz 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, since 2001 the first City of Human Rights in Europe. 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, strengthens the University’s capacity in interdisciplinary research in human rights and human security within the core research area Human rights, democracy, diversity and gender at the Faculty of Law, advances international academic cooperation and raises human rights awareness.
Gerd Oberleitner is Associate Professor of International Law at the Institute of International Law and International Relations and Deputy Director of the European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy at the University of Graz. He holds a PhD in law, 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. Prof. Oberleitner teaches in the Global Campus of Regional Human Rights Master Programmes and has published extensively in human rights and human security.