HUMAN RIGHTS TALK: Law as a driver of societal change


Dienstag, 19. Mai 2015 – 19:00


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

On Tuesday, 19 May 2015 at 19:00 o’clock the third HUMAN RIGHTS TALK: “Law as a driver of societal change” will take place at the rooftop of the Juridicum. The event is organized by the Research Centre Human Rights of the University of Vienna and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights.

This HUMAN RIGHTS TALK will analyse innovative legal strategies, which improve the access to the law for vulnerable groups as well as to utilise law as a driver of societal change, such as strategic litigation. Moreover, universities as places for educating future law experts will be central to the discussion. The progressive educational model of “law clinics”, in which experience oriented learning is combined with helping vulnerable clients, positively adds to the development of social responsibility of law students. Thus, the societal role of law experts can be reflected upon and questioned critically. At the same time, law clinics can play an integral role in society by collaborating with NGOs as well as law firms – e.g. legal research, innovative academic approaches, and the development of international networks.

These issues will be discussed by Rolf ANDRÈL (Rechtskomitee LAMBDA), Julia ECKER (Netzwerk AsylAnwalt), Marion GUERRERO (European University Institute), and Stephan SONNENBERG (Human Rights Law Clinic, University of Stanford). Irene BRICKNER (Der Standard) will serve as the evening’s moderator.

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

The admission is free, for logistical reasons we ask you to kindly register at!

Furthermore we would like to point out that the recordings of previous HUMAN RIGHTS TALKS are available at ZIGE.TV.

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