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Human Rights Talk: Does Austria need an election reform?


Donnerstag, 15. März 2018 – 19:00 bis 21:00


Dachgeschoß des Juridicum (Schottenbastei 10-16, 1010 Wien)

The findings of the Constitutional Court on the repetition of the Federal Presidential Election have brought to light problems in the Austrian electoral processes that have long been in need of a solution. As part of upcoming electoral reforms, some of which are enshrined in the new government agreement, future electoral rights reforms should also meet the recommendations of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), as well as including civil society. Such electoral reforms should, inter alia, simplify electoral processes and electoral law, improve citizen participation and transparency of electoral processes, facilitate the opening of electoral interest to non-party stakeholders, and provide a legal framework for national election observers to engage civil society to develop the advancement of electoral practice.

Marcelo JENNY (Department of Political Science, Innsbruck University), Armin RABITSCH (wahlbeobachtung.org), Hubert SICKINGER (Department of Government, University of Vienna), and Melanie SULLY (Go-Governance) will discuss how mainstream, comprehensive electoral reforms involving civil society in inclusive, participatory processes can be implemented within this legislative period. Moderation: Irene BRICKNER (Der Standard).

The event is organized by the Research Centre Human Rights of the University of Vienna and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights in cooperation with wahlbeobachtung.org.

Kindly observe that this event is held in German. Following the discussion, the Research Centre Human Rights and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights would like to invite you to join the subsequent reception.

The admission is free, for logistical reasons we kindly ask you to register at uhznaevtugfgnyx@havivr.np.ng!

This HUMAN RIGHTS TALK will be recorded by ZIGE.TV and will be made available on the ZIGE.TV YouTube Channel following the event. The HUMAN RIGHTS TALKS take place in cooperation with Der Standard, profil online, ZIGE.TV and Zeitschrift juridikum.

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