1. 31 employees plus freelance consultants and experts
2. Budget 2006: approx. 1.500.000 €
3. Sources of funding:
• annual basic funding by the Ludwig Boltzmann Association
• project funding by the European Commission
• annual contract with the Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs
• project funding and co-financing by the Austrian Ministry of Economics and Labour and the Austrian Ministry of Interior
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The primary focus of BIM is on research activities in the field of human rights, on the national, European and international level. BIM staff is also engaged extensively in human rights teaching and training.
It is BIM’s main objective to offer a link between academic research and legal practice. Therefore, a considerable amount of work is devoted to empirical research and project implementation. Through co-operation with international, European and national institutions – like UN, OSCE, COE, EU, ICTY, Austrian and Foreign ministries – as well as other human rights research institutes and NGOs, BIM strives to provide relevant studies, analysis and data on human rights issues in areas such as international, European and national law, politics, education and the media
• Projects and studies in relation to the conflict in Bosnia-Herzegovina, in 2002 completion of projects on human rights violations in Kosovo and on temporary protection in Europe.
• Collaboration with the Development Co-operation Department and the Human Rights Department of the Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, research projects on human rights and democratization and a major study on integrating human rights into Austrian development co-operation.
• The BIM serves as national RAXEN Focal Point, reporting to the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC).
• Service Centre for Human Rights Education: established in 1997, followed in November 2001 by another Service Centre for Civic Education.
• Legal research projects on the analysis of national and international measures to fight human trafficking.
• In fall 2002, the institute was mandated to carry out “Twinning Projects”. The projects support candidate and neighboring countries in implementing the acquis c