I have specialized in fundamental human rights protection in Austrian law, the law of the European Union, the law of the Council of Europe and United Nations law. I have many years of experience in various legal fields (NGO, academia, human rights education, human rights monitoring, prevention of violence, law firm) and in recent years I have focused on the judicial enforcement of human rights.
From 2007 to 2013 I worked as researcher and trainer at the European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Graz, Austria. My main responsibilities were the (deficit) analysis of the human rights situation in Austria, for example on behalf of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), and the development and implementation of training courses in the field of fundamental human rights for the judiciary, police and in the educational sector.
When a National Torture Prevention Mechanism was established in Austria in 2012 in implementation of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture (OPCAT), I was appointed as a member of one of the expert commissions of the Ombudsman’s Office and thus with the task of monitoring compliance with and further developing human rights standards and violence prevention structures in places of detention such as prisons, police facilities, establishments accommodating elderly people, psychiatric clinics, institutions for persons with disabilities and child and youth services, as well as in the case of police coercive acts in the context of demonstrations, which I continued to do until 2016.
From 2015 to 2019, as an associate with Ronald Frühwirth, I specialized in the judicial enforcement of human rights, and particularly focused on the enforcement of the right to international protection. After passing the bar exam, I was registered as attorney in 2019.