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Philipp Hamedl


Philipp Hamedl is Prison Social Worker, and was previously employed as a research assistant at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Fundamental and Human Rights.

Key competences

  • Research, specifically in the area of criminal justice and human rights, prevention of torture and ill-treatment, rights of detainees and monitoring of National Preventive Mechanisms
  • Social work with and psychosocial counselling of detainees, mentally ill persons and asylum seekers
  • Expertise on foreign prisoners and irregular, non-returnable migrants

Professional record

  • Researcher and Project Manager, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Fundamental and Human Rights, Vienna, Austria
  • Prison Social Worker, Justizanstalt Graz-Jakomini, Austria
  • Junior Expert, HIV/AIDS and Health workplace programmes, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Blantyre, Malawi
  • Social Worker, ZEBRA, Center for Counselling and Therapy of refugees and asylum seekers
  • Social Worker, Halfway House for mentally ill offenders, pro mente steiermark GmbH, Graz, Austria
  • Social Worker, AIS-Jugendservice m. Gem. GesmbH, Graz, Austria
  • Volunteer Probation Officer, Verein Neustart, Graz, Austria
  • Social Worker, Psychiatric Hospital, LKH Graz II, Graz, Austria
  • Intern, Prison Monitoring, Case Flow Management, F.I.N.D. – Foundation for International Dignity, Gbarnga, Liberia
  • Volunteer/Counsellor at Männernotruf (Helpline for Men), Graz, Österreich
  • Chairman of ZIKOMO, Organization for the Support of University Students in Africa, Graz, Austria


  • European Master’s Degree (E.MA) in Human Rights and Democratisation, European Inter-University Centre, Venice / Padova, Italy
  • Degree in Social Work, Academy for Social Work, (today: University of Applied Sciences Joanneum), Graz, Austria