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Manfred Nowak
Visiting Professor


Professor of International Law and Human Rights at Vienna University; Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights in Vienna, Austria; former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture; Austrian Chair Visiting Professor at the Europe Center in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University from January to June 2014

Manfred Nowak is an internationally well-known scholar in the field of human rights and a highly-recognized expert dedicated to the investigation and protection of human rights in a variety of international organizations. He graduated from Vienna Law School and Columbia University New York. Among his various scientific positions outside Vienna, he was scholar at the London School of Economics, Director of the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights at Utrecht University, Olof Palme Visiting Professor at the University of Lund (Sweden), holder of the Swiss Chair at the Graduate Institute of Legal Studies in Geneva and Visiting Professor at the European Inter-University Centre of Human Rights and Democratization (EIUC) in Venice. He regularly teaches at various universities around the world, including the American University in Washington, D.C. He is founder and scientific director of the prestigious Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights in Vienna and Director of an inter-disciplinary research school and a two years interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Human Rights at Vienna University.

Among his expert functions, Professor Nowak is presently Vice-Chair of the Management and Executive Board of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency; Head of a human rights commission of the Austrian Ombuds-Institution constituting the Austrian National Preventive Mechanism under the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture, member of the Resourcefulness Board of the Austrian Mineral Oil Corporation OMV, and Vice-President of the Austrian UNESCO Commission. Previously, he was member of the UN Working Group on Enforced Disappearances; UN expert on missing persons in the former Yugoslavia; judge and Vice-President of the Human Rights Chamber for Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo; adviser of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on a human rights-based approach to poverty reduction strategies; UN expert on legal issues and adviser to the UN Commission on Human Rights during the drafting of the UN Convention on Enforced Disappearances; member of the EU network of fundamental rights experts; head of a human rights commission monitoring the Austrian police forces; member of the Austrian monitoring body established under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; chairperson of the European Master in Human Rights and Democratization (EMA) in Venice; UN Special Rapporteur on Torture; member of the International Commission of Jurists and many other non-governmental organizations.

For his outstanding human rights work, Professor Nowak has been awarded, among others, the UNESCO Prize for the Teaching of Human Rights in 1994, the Bruno Kreisky Prize for Human Rights in 2007, Dr. et Prof. honoris causa at Eotvos Lorand Unversity in Budapest 2012; the Lisl and Leo Eitinger Human Rights Award of the University of Oslo 2013 and the Otto Hahn Peace Medal in Gold 2014. He regularly publishes and is interviewed and cited by various print and electronic media.

Manfred Nowak is author of more than 500 books and scholarly articles on international, constitutional, administrative and human rights law and politics.

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