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Branko MilanovićBranko Milanović

Branko Milanović is a Visiting Presidential Professor at the Graduate Center City University of New York and a LIS Senior Scholar. He obtained his Ph. D. in economics from the University of Belgrade with a dissertation on income inequality in Yugoslavia. He served as lead economist in World Bank Research Department for almost 20 years and as a senior associate at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington from 2003 to 2005. He has held teaching appointments at the University of Maryland (2007-2013) and at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University (1997-2007). 

Milanović’s main area of work is income inequality, in individual countries and globally, as well as historically, among pre-industrial societies (Roman Empire, Byzantium, and France before the Revolution). He has published a number of articles on the methodology and empirics of global income distribution and the effects of globalization (Economic Journal, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of Political Philosophy, among others). His book, The Haves and the Have-nots: A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality (2011) was translated into seven languages and selected by The Globalist as the 2011 Book of the Year. His new book, Global Inequality: A New Approach for the Age of Globalization (2016), addresses economic and political issues of globalization, including the redefinition of the “Kuznets cycles.”


General Courses

Olivier De SchutterOlivier De Schutter

Olivier De Schutter is professor at the University of Louvain (UCL) and at SciencesPo (Paris). A former Secretary General of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) on the issue of globalization and human rights, he was the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food between 2008 and 2014 and is since 2015 a member of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. He published widely on general human rights, on economic and social rights in their relationship to trade and investment, and on fundamental rights in the EU.




Wilfried AltzingerWilfried Altzinger

Wilfried Altzinger is Head of the Research Institute ‘Economics of Inequality’ and Deputy Head of the ‘Institute for Macroeconomics’ at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien). His main research topics are European Integration, Economic Policy and in particular on the Distribution of Income and Wealth. In 2014 he was (co-)organizer of the conference “Economics of Inequality”. Altzinger also has initiated the establishment of the “Special Collection of Kurt W. Rothschild and Josef Steindl” at the WU Wien. In 2014 he was visiting researcher at the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School (Oxford, UK) by Tony Atkinson.

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Andreas Føllesdal Andreas Føllesdal

Andreas Føllesdal, Ph.D., Professor of Political Philosophy, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo. Principal Investigator, European Research Council Advanced Grant MultiRights 2011-16, on the Legitimacy of Multi-Level Human Rights Judiciary and Director of PluriCourts, a Centre of Excellence for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order. Ph.D. 1991 in Philosophy, Harvard University. Føllesdal publishes in the field of political philosophy, mainly on issues of international political theory, globalisation/Europeanisation, Human Rights, and Socially Responsible Investing.




Dzidek KędziaDzidek Kędzia

Prof. Kedzia, EIUC President, teaches International Human Rights law and Constitutional Law at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (Poland), he is also the Polish national director for the European Masters in Human Rights and Democratization (E.MA), at the European Inter-University Centre for HumanRights and Democratization EIUC Venice. He has been the Minister-Counsellor in the Permanent Mission of Poland to the United Nations in Geneva (1991-1994) among others: General Rapporteur of the II World Conference on Human Rights (1993), Rapporteur of the 54th session of the Commission on Human Rights, Chairman-Rapporteur of the Drafting Group of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture. 1994-2005 – Senior Adviser to the High Commissioner for Human Rights, director of the Activities and Programmes Branch and of the Research and Right to Development Branch. He has also been a member of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights since 2009, where he was re-elected and his terms will continue from 1 January 2013 through to 31 December 2016.

He is a member of the European Union’s research project “Fostering Human Rights Among European (external and internal) policies” FP7-Frame, a collaborative research project funded under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).


Miloon KothariMiloon Kothari

Mr. Kothari is a leading voice at national, regional and international forums on human rights, especially economic, social and cultural rights. He is an outspoken critic of the countries and institutions that see the neo-liberal and military/security policies as a means to achieving democracy and human rights. Mr. Kothari served (from 2000-2008) as the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing with the United Nations Commission on Human Rights and the Human Rights Council. During his tenure as Special Rapporteur Mr. Kothari led the process that resulted in the UN Basic Principles and Guidelines on Development based Evictions and Displacement – the current global operational human rights standard on the practice of forced evictions. http://www.ohchr.org/en/Issues/Housing/Pages/ForcedEvictions.aspx

An architect by training, Mr. Kothari has extensive fact-finding, research and training experience in the areas of housing, land rights and displacement.  He is the founder and former coordinator of Habitat International’s Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN) http://www.hlrn.org/ and founder and former executive-director (1999-2013) of the Housing and Land Rights Network, India http://hlrn.org.in/.   In recent years, he has been particularly active on issues such as Women’s rights to land, inheritance, property, housing and globalization, trade liberalization and their impacts on the right to adequate housing and other related rights and the UN’s Universal Review Process (UPR). Mr. Kothari is the President of UPR-Info, the world’s leading independent organisation that seeks to promote and strengthen the UPR by raising awareness, providing capacity-building tools, and bridging the different actors of the UPR process to ensure the universal advancement of human rights: https://www.upr-info.org/en

Mr. Kothari has published widely and has lectured and taught at leading academic institutions around the world. In 2013 he was appointed Dr. Martin Luther King Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and continued as Distinguished Visiting Scholar with (MIT) Program on Human Rights and Justice (2014-15). In these role, in addition to teaching (at the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning), he was actively involved in the development of the MIT Displacement Research and Action Network (DRAN). Mr. Kothari continues his work with DRAN as senior advisor. http://mitdisplacement.org/


Manfred NowakManfred Nowak

Manfred Nowak, EIUC Secretary General, Professor of International Law and Human Rights - University of Vienna, and Co-Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann institute of Human Rights (BIM), is the Secretary General at EIUC. Prof. Nowak has also been Head of the interdisciplinary research centre Human Rights at the University of Vienna since 2014, vice chair of the Management Board of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights in Vienna and Scientific Director of the Vienna Master of Arts in Human Rights, University of Vienna, since 2012.

Manfred Nowak was United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture from 2004 to 2010. From 2000 to 2007 Prof. Manfred Nowak was the EMA Chairperson - EMA was awarded the 2006 UNESCO Prize for Human Rights Education (Honourable Mention).


Kate PickettKate Pickett

Kate Pickett is Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York, and the University’s Champion for Research on Justice and equality; her research focuses on the social determinants of wellbeing.

She was a UK NIHR Career Scientist from 2007-2012 and is a Fellow of the RSA and of the UK Faculty of Public Health.  She is co-author, with Richard Wilkinson, of the bestselling The Spirit Level, winner of the 2012 Publication of the Year from the Political Studies Association, winner of the 2010 Bristol Festival of Ideas Book Prize, and translated into 24 languages.  Richard and Kate were awarded a 2013 Silver Rose Award from Solidar for championing equality and the 2014 Charles Cully Medal of the Irish Cancer Society.

Kate is also a co-founder and trustee of The Equality Trust.  She was a Commissioner for the York Fairness Commission and for the national Living Wage Commission.  She sits on the Scientific Council of Inequality Watch, the Scientific Board of Progressive Economy, and is a member of the Human Capital Research Working Group of the Institute for New Economic Thinking.  She is on the Steering Committee of the Alliance for Sustainability and Prosperity.

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Heisoo ShinHeisoo Shin

Dr. Heisoo Shin, from the Republic of Korea, has been a member of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights since 2011. She was the rapporteur on the Committee’s General Comment No. 22 on the right to sexual and reproductive health, which was adopted in 2016. During her 6 years on CESCR, she has served for three years as the first chair of the Committee’s Working Group on Communications, which pre-examines the individual communication cases.

As a life-long advocate of women’s rights, Dr. Shin served as a member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, while functioned also as a commissioner of the National Human Rights Commission in Korea for 2005-2008. Academically, she was an associate professor at Hanil University and Presbyterian Theological Seminary for 1993-2000, and a visiting professor at KyungHee University for 2001-2006. Currently, she is a visiting professor at the Graduate School of International Studies at Ewha Womans University in Seoul. She is also the representative of the Korea Center for United Nations Human Rights Policy (KOCUN), a human rights NGO with a special consultative status with UN ECOSOC.


Programme Responsible

Knut TraisbachKnut Traisbach

Knut Traisbach is Programme Director of the Venice Academy of Human Rights since 2010. He joined EIUC in 2009/2010 as a Teaching Fellow for International Relations and Human Rights in the E.MA master programme and continued as programme responsible for the Venice Academy of Human Rights since its establishment. During his doctoral studies at the European University Institute in Florence he was a visiting researcher at Yale University. He has worked at several academic research institutes in Europe, including in Germany, the UK, Italy and Spain. His principal research interests lie in the methodological combination of public international law and international relations theory, the role of institutional and non-State actors, in particular of experts, in norm creation processes and in international legal and political theory.

He has published on issues relating to both international public law and international relations theory. Currently he is finalising an edited volume with Oxford University Press (to be published in 2018) and two special journal issues.


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