April 21, 2021 - 5 pm (CEST)
Online event via Zoom

Simona Kustec, University of Ljubljana,
Minister of Education, Science and Sport, Slovenia
Manfred Nowak, Global Campus of Human Rights
George Ulrich, Global Campus of Human Rights

Chair: Sara De Vido, VIU and Ca' Foscari University

The event is open to the public.
Registration is required. 

Cities and local or regional administrations can play an important role in guaranteeing fundamental rights, providing also opportunities for community dialogue and engagement on human rights issues. VIU has invited experienced scholars in the field for a discussion on Human Rights City initiatives and their implementation as complementary actions to other instruments including the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. The positive experience of the city of Vienna will be illustrated, and considerations made about opportunities for initiatives in Venice.

The seminar will also explore how the pandemic can be considered as a natural arbitrator and civil reminder of human rights and obligations, and which policy measures should be adopted to guarantee the human and social stability of our society.



Simona Kustec 300

Simona Kustec is Minister of Education, Science and Sport, Government of Republic of Slovenia. Prior to her nomination she was a professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Ljubljana, and visiting professor at VIU in 2019. She has taught courses on policy analysis, human rights policy and global governance. The common thread of her research is the study of elections and electoral behaviour, democracy and various public policies.





Manfred Nowak 300Manfred Nowak is Secretary General of the Global Campus of Human Rights in Venice, Professor of International Human Rights at Vienna University and Director of the Vienna Master of Arts in Human Rights. He previously served in various expert functions, such as UN Expert on enforced disappearances, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, judge at the Human Rights Chamber for Bosnia and Herzegovina and Vice Chairperson of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency . In 2016 he was appointed Independent Expert leading the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty. He was Director of the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights at Utrecht University and of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights at Vienna University as well as Visiting Professor at the University of Lund, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, and at Stanford University in Palo Alto. He is author of more than 600 publications in the fields of public international law and human rights.


George Ulrich 300George Ulrich is Academic Director at the Global Campus of Human Rights. Previously he was Rector and Professor of Human Rights at the Riga Graduate School of Law from 2009-2016. Prior to this, he served as EIUC SecretaryGeneral from 2003-2009 and as Academic Coordinator / Programme Director of EMA from 2001- 2004. Among George Ulrich’s current research interests are issues related to the history and philosophy of human rights, human rights diplomacy, human rights and development cooperation, health and human rights, international medical ethics, and ethics for human rights professionals.





Sara De Vido foto 2Sara De Vido is Professor of International Law at Ca’ Foscari University, and is currently teaching Globalization, Ethics, Welfare and Human Rights in the Globalization Program at VIU. De Vido’s research interests range from International Human Rights Law (right to water, refugee status, prohibition of genocide, combating violence against women) to International Criminal Law (fight against terrorist financing, money laundering, corruption).





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The Global Campus of Human Rights is a unique network of one hundred participating universities around the world, with the mission of advancing human rights and democracy through regional and global cooperation for education and research

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VIULectures is a series of talks on topical issues of interest to the VIU Community. They are open to the public, and are currently being held online.
This event is a Global Challenges Initiative - a series of activities through which VIU is committed to critical exploration of what it means to envision a sustainable future.