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Recent cases: Right to the lawful judge

8. February, 2022|

When filing her application for international protection, an unaccompanied minor girl had alleged that her father had tried to force her to marry a man.

The Federal Office for Immigration and Asylum rejected this application with regard to asylum, but granted her subsidiary protection. The Federal Administrative Court subsequently dismissed the appeal against the rejection of the application with regard to asylum as unfounded.

The Constitutional Court ruled on the complaint filed on behalf of my client that her constitutionally guaranteed right to proceedings before the statutory judge (Art. 83 (2) B-VG) had been violated:

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“Introduction to Asylum Law: Theory and Practice”

7. January, 2022|

The interactive lecture deals with the national and international legal framework, its relation to the international human rights system as well as current issues and actual cases.

On 10.01.2022 Thomas Becker and I will discuss current problems with the participants on the basis of selected cases from our legal practice, such as the changing situation in Afghanistan and its impact on the decision-making practice of the authorities and courts.

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Lecture: Prohibition of Torture

15. November, 2021|

The lecture provides participants with an introduction to the system of human rights protection in general as well as a more in-depth look at selected human rights issues.

On 17 November 2021, at 5:00 p.m. (this year unfortunately again only online, see link below), Renate Kicker and I will discuss selected aspects of this fundamental human right with the participants with a focus on torture prevention in places of deprivation or restriction of personal liberty, such as in prisons and care facilities, or in case of coercive acts by the police.

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Constitutional Court on the current situation in Afghanistan

7. October, 2021|

In its decision of 30 September 2021 on the changed situation in Afghanistan following the takeover of power by the Taliban, the Constitutional Court decided that

“on the basis of the country report of 11 June 2021 printed (and dealt with) in the challenged ruling, but in particular on the basis of the “Kurzinformation der Staatendokumentation” of 19 July 2021 (and the broad media coverage available at the time of the decision of the Federal Administrative Court), at the latest as of 20 July 2021, i.e. also at the time of the challenged decision of the Federal Administrative Court, an extreme volatility of the security situation in Afghanistan had to be assumed, so that in any case a situation exists which exposes the complainant, in case of a return to Afghanistan, to a real danger of a violation of his constitutionally guaranteed rights under Art. 2 and 3 ECHR (on the significance of this circumstance for the assessment of the existence of a real danger within the meaning of Art. 2 and 3 ECHR, see e.g. VfSlg. 19.466/2011, 20.296/2018, 20.358/2019; VfGH 6.10.2020, E 2406/2020).”

(VfGH 30.09.2021, E 3445/2021-8, 4.6, https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/Dokumente/Vfgh/JFT_20210930_21E03445_00/JFT_20210930_21E03445_00.pdf

Alumni im Porträt

2. May, 2021|

Alumni Uni Graz visited me in my office and asked me why I chose human rights work, which case was particularly touching, how my studies prepared me for my work and what I would like to achieve with my work.

“Introduction to Asylum Law: Theory and Practice”

11. January, 2021|

The interactive lecture deals with the national and international legal framework, its relation to the international human rights system as well as current issues and actual cases.

On 11.01.2021 Thomas Becker and I will discuss current problems with the participants on the basis of selected cases from our legal practice.

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Lecture: Prohibition of Torture

25. November, 2020|

The lecture provides participants with an introduction to the system of human rights protection in general as well as a more in-depth look at selected human rights issues.

On 25 November 2020, at 5:00 p.m. (online, see link below), Renate Kicker and I will discuss selected aspects of this fundamental human right with the participants and have been welcoming lively participation for years.

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Observations of the Austrian Bar Association 2018/19

7. December, 2019|

In its annual perception report, the Austrian lawyers highlight shortcomings in the Austrian judiciary and administration and make suggestions for improvement.

The planned nationalisation of legal counselling and legal representation of persons seeking international protection meets with massive reservations on the part of the Austrian Bar Association (ÖRAK):

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Betrifft:Asyl

19. November, 2019|

Free and independent legal advice for asylum seekers in appeal proceedings: Open consultation hours take place every Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Pestalozzistraße 59 in Graz (no prior registration necessary, please bring all documents with you).

The colleagues of Betrifft:Asyl explain why Betrifft:Asyl concerns us all:

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