Beate Rudolf

German Institute for Human Rights, Berlin

Prof. Dr. iur. Beate Rudolf is the Director of the German Institute for Human Rights (GIHR), Germany’s National Human Rights Institution. Since 2016, she also chairs the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI). Prior to joining the GIHR, she was a junior professor for public law and equality law at the faculty of law of Freie Universität Berlin and director of the research project “Public International Law Standards for Governance in Weak and Failing States” within the Research Center “Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood”. Her research focuses on human rights and legal principles on state structures under public international law, European law and German constitutional law as well as from a comparative law perspective. She carried out her activities in research and teaching in these areas at the universities of Bonn, Dusseldorf, Tulane Law School, New Orleans, and Freie Universität Berlin. She gained practical experience in human rights work by representing applicants before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), and as an active member of the German Women Lawyers Association and the European Women Lawyers Assocation, of which she was a Vice-President. Her numerous publications (in German, English and French) in the area of human rights range from conceptual questions of specific rights, gender equality and non-discrimination to problems of implementation and improving the UN human rights system. Inter alia, she is co-editor of the Commentary on the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), with Marsha A. Freeman and Christine Chinkin, published in 2012 by Oxford University Press.

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