Visiting Fellow, December 2004 to December 2007
Gerd Oberleitner is a lecturer at the Institute of International Law and International Relations at the University of Graz. He holds a PhD in law and has lectured in international law and international human rights law at the University of Graz and in human rights courses and summer schools at other universities, and in web-based distance learning courses. From 1998 to 1999 he worked in the Human Rights Department of the Austrian Foreign Ministry. In 1999 he co-founded the European Training Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (ETC) in Graz and worked as the Centre's Executive Secretary until 2002.
From 2002 to 2004 he was the Lecturer in Human Rights at the LSE's Centre for the Study of Human Rights, where he taught in the MSc Human Rights programme. In his research he focuses on the UN human rights system, minority rights, social rights, international humanitarian law, the African and European human rights system, human security, and the role of non-state actors. His publications include Human rights protection and State reporting (P Lang, 1998) and (as co-editor) Human Rights of Women - International Instruments and African Experiences (ZED Books, 2002).
His latest book, Global Human Rights Institutions - Remedy or Ritual?, will be published by Polity Press in 2007