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Walter Suntinger


Walter Suntinger


Personal Information:

born 1965 in Döllach, Carinthia

Academic Education:

  • Law degree at Graz University
  • Language studies (Spanish, French, Portuguese) at Graz University
  • Systemic Change Management Certificate from Steinbeis University Berlin/Trainconsulting Vienna

Professional Career:

  • 1991 - 1998: legal officer at UNHCR, research staff at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, service as conscientious objector at Amnesty International Austria
  • Since 1998: free lance human rights consultant and trainer
  • Since  1996: several human rights courses at academic institutions, e.g. study abroad program of University of Oregon, Vienna University, Johns Hopkins University - Bologna Center, European Peace University/ Stadtschlaining, University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt, Vienna Master of  Human Rights
  • Member of the Human Rights Advisory Board to the National Preventive Mechanism in Austria

Thematic Focus:

  • Practical application of human rights in a variety of contexts
  • Preventive human rights monitoring of  places of  deprivation of liberty (National Preventive Mechanisms under the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture)
  • Human rights based police reform
  • Human rights based approaches to business and development cooperation
  • Design and delivery of human rights trainings
  • Academic teaching and interdisciplinary reflection on human rights and human rights practice