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Distinguished Opening Lecture

Branko Milanović, Visiting Presidential Professor at the Graduate Center City University of New York
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 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 Course

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 Kędzia, 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 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).

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. 

Heisoo Shin is member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and adjunct professor at the Graduate School of International Studies at Ewha Womans University in Seoul. She has been a lifelong advocate of the women’s human rights movement and has substantially contributed to the struggle to end violence against women. A trained sociologist from the Republic of Korea, she served as an expert on the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women from 2001-2008, and as a commissioner of the National Human Rights Commission in Korea from 2005-2008.

Miloon Kothari, former UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing with the United Nations Commission on Human Rights and the Human Rights Council (2000-2008), is currently Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). During his tenure as Special Rapporteur, Mr. Kothari led the process that resulted in the United Nations Basic Principles and Guidelines on Development-based Evictions and Displacement – the current global operational human rights standard on the practice of forced evictions. An architect by training, Mr. Kothari has extensive fact-finding, research and training experience in the areas of housing, land rights and displacement.

Manfred Nowak is EIUC Secretary General, Professor of International Law and Human Rights - University of Vienna, Co-Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann institute of Human Rights (BIM) and former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture (2004-2010). 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. During his mandate as E.MA Chairperson (2000-2007) E.MA master was awarded the 2006 UNESCO Prize for Human Rights Education (Honourable Mention).


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