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Manfred Nowak

Research Director, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, Vienna, U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment

Manfred NOWAK is the director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights in Vienna and a professor for international human rights protection at the University of Vienna. He serves as a member of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances and as the UN special rapporteur on torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment. Formerly, he was a judge at the Human Rights Chamber of Bosnia-Herzegovina and an Olof Palme visiting fellow at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Lund, Sweden. From 2002 to 2006 Dr. Nowak was a member of the EU Network of Independent Experts in Fundamental Rights. He is now chairperson of the Council and of the Executive Committee of the European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation  in Vienna. He is the author of more than 350 publications in the fields of constitutional, administrative, and international law with a focus on fundamental and human rights. Dr. Nowak received a master’s degree in law from Columbia University, New York, and a doctoral degree in law from the University of Vienna. He served as a faculty member at LAWSS 01 in 1999.

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