Welcome to ERA – Academy of European Law






The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights

The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (BIM) was established in Vienna, Austria, in 1992 as an independent research centre with the aim of contributing to the scientific discourse of human rights. The team Human Dignity and Public Security at the Institute is composed of experts on the prevention of torture and ill-treatment, and has supported the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Manfred Nowak, from 2004 to 2010.

The team has conducted extensive research on torture and ill-treatment and inter alia published a comprehensive Commentary to the UN Convention against Torture. Since the end of the UN Special
Rapporteur’s mandate, it has implemented numerous projects on the fight against impunity by criminalising, investigating and documenting torture, reinforcing safeguards, as well as by  establishing and strengthening NPMs in many countries. Furthermore, a visiting commission of the Austrian NPM is coordinated in the team. From 2014 to 2015, the team implemented an EU-wide research project aiming at enhancing the impact of NPMs by strengthening the effective implementation and follow-up of their recommendations.

Point of contact for the project at BIM
Gerrit Zach: gerrit.zach@univie.ac.at

The Academy of European Law

The Academy of European Law (ERA) is a non-profit public foundation that provides training in EU law to legal practitioners. Established in 1992 on the basis of a European Parliament  recommendation that the European Commission invest in a centre for the continuing education of lawyers in order to improve the application of European law, ERA organises conferences and seminars around Europe and at its conference centre in Trier for the judiciary and legal professionals, amongst others. Moreover, the Academy offers an online training programme, which includes a broad range of courses and epresentations.

The European Criminal Law Section within ERA deals with the topic of detention and improving conditions, the relevant Framework Decisions, as well as the EAW. The Section has already completed two successful EU co-financed project series on improving conditions and finding alternatives to detention, in which several NPMs were also involved as project partners and were able to contribute to the content of the seminars. Moreover, the functioning of the OPCAT was also analysed during these events, amongst others. The third project series of its kind will commence in 2016.

Point of contact for the project at ERA
Ramin Farinpour


Ramin Farinpour
Course Director, Senior Lawyer - Criminal Law
phone: +49 (0)651 937 37 310
fax: +49 (0)651 937 37 773
Foto: Ramin Farinpour LL.M.