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Personal liberty of children in Austria revisited: Achieving impact through comprehensive national follow-up to the UN Global Study on Children deprived of Liberty

In 2019, the first UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty was published. The Study examined the compliance of states with international child rights standards on personal liberty of children and alternatives to its deprivation. It particularly focused on the extent to which consideration has been given to alternative measures to deprivation of liberty prior to the placement of a child in any custodial setting. (read the UN Global Study online)

To support the implementation of the extensive recommendations made by the UN Study, the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Fundamental and Human Rights started a project that examines the level of implementation of these recommendations in Austria and aims to identify gaps and good practices.

This project will include an analysis of the status quo concerning the legal/policy framework and practice with regards to alternative measures to deprivation of liberty in Austria, the design of a national implementation programme for child rights-based good practices as well as the strengthening of a comprehensive monitoring system for children’s rights in situations of deprivation of liberty. A particular focus will be on children deprived of liberty in justice, migration-related and institutional contexts/situation of children with disabilities. The project will furthermore aim to establish a close cooperation with all relevant actors (incl. Austrian Ombudsman Board, Child and Youth Ombuds Offices of the Austrian Länder (provinces) and the monitoring body for persons in institutional care) and ensure direct participation of children and young people throughout the entire research process.

Persons involved: 

Project team: Helmut Sax (Project Coordinator), Alexandra Hoheisel MAIS, Laura Stelzer LLM
Advisory board: Georges Younes (UN Global Study Manager), Renate Winter (International child rights expert, member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)), Andrea Holz-Dahrenstaedt (Child and Youth Ombudsperson Salzburg)
Child participation consultants: Laura Lundy (Queen’s University Belfast), Claudia Grasl (Child and Youth Ombudsperson Vienna)

Contact persons: 
Lead Organisation: 
Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Fundamental and Human Rights
Partner organisations: 
Global Campus of Human Rights, Venice (Manu Krishan, Reina Loader)
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Funded by: 
Right Livelihood Foundation (RLF)/Global Campus
Human Dignity and Public Security