7. SOCIO-ECONOMIC SCIENCES AND THE HUMANITIES
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The European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (ETC) located in Graz, Austria, has been set up as a non-profit association and started its work in October 1999. Its main aim is to conduct research and training programmes in the fields of human rights, democracy and the rule of law in close cooperation with the University of Graz. The ETC specialises in four areas, namely fundamental rights, human security, human rights at the local level and human rights education. The organisation regularly conducts research projects and educational programmes. Priminent publications include the manual Understanding Human Rights (available in 15 languages), the European Yearbook on Human Rights (Co-editor), the online journal Human Security Perspectives and an Occasional Papers series.
Security research is a cross-cutting research theme at the ETC. The concept of human security forms a major part of this research. Through previous projects (including FP6 and FP7) on this topic the ETC analysed legal and social impacts of the changing security thinking and practice within Europe and beyond. The research included analysis of the interlinkages of terrorism and organized crime, as well as the role of various international, national and local stakeholders for providing (human) security. Research at the ETC is conducted with a particular focus on South Eastern Europe providing for a basis for the dialogue with civil society organisations of that region.
The ETC offers its expertise in legal and social sciences in the above mentioned areas of research.