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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is composed of

Prof. Dr. Beate Rudolf (Director) and

Michael Windfuhr (Deputy Director)

Biographical note Prof. Dr. Beate Rudolf, Director

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since January 2010:
Director of the German Institute for Human Rights

Chairperson of GANHRI (Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions)

Junior Professor of Public Law and Equality Law at the Free University of Berlin, Faculty of Law

since 2006:
also Member of the Research Center "Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood" at Free University of Berlin, directing the research project "Public International Law Standards for Governance in Weak and Failing States" (continued since 2010 under the title "International and Transnational Governance Institutions Evaluated under Public International Law")

Lise-Meitner-Fellow of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

Research Fellow at Tulane Law School, New Orleans, La., USA

Doctor in law (Dr. iur.), Humboldt-University, Berlin, Academic Award of the State Capital of Dusseldorf ("Förderpreis für Wissenschaften der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf")

Senior researcher ("wissenschaftliche Assistentin") at the Chair of German and Public Foreign Law, Public International Law and European Law of the Heinrich-Heine-University of Dusseldorf (Prof. Dr. Juliane Kokott. LL.M., SJD)

Law clerk ("Rechtsreferendarin") in Bonn (lower regional court, public prosecutor, and law offices of Freier and Olsson), Königswinter (local administration), Cologne (administrative court and civil court of appeals), Boston (law firm of Hale and Dorr) and Strasbourg (Council of Europe, Directorate for Human Rights)

Research assistant ("wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft") at the Institute for Public International Law of the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University of Bonn (Prof. Dr. Christian Tomuschat)

Student research assistant at the Institute of Roman Law of Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University of Bonn (Prof. Dr. Rolf Knütel)

Studies of law in Bonn and Geneva, scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes)

5th Price of the President of the Federal Republic in the High School Students' Competition German History (1980) on the Subject: "Everyday Life under National-Socialism" (Preis des Bundespräsidenten beim Schülerwettbewerb Deutsche Geschichte 1980 zum Thema "Alltag im Nationalsozialismus") (with Pia Linden)

Areas of Specialization:
Public International Law, European Law, German and Comparative Constitutional Law, with particular focus on Human Rights, Equality and Non-Discrimination Law, and principles of state and governance structures

Other Functions:
Deutscher Juristinnenbund (German Women Lawyers Association, djb); Member of the Commission on European Law, Public International Law and Public Law (2004-2009)

European Women Lawyers Association (EWLA): Member of the Board 2005-2007, Vice-President (since 2007); EWLA representative within the Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP) of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) (2008-2009)

Member of the Advisory Panel of the Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP) to the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) (May 2009 - April 2010)

International Law Association: Member of the Committees "Feminism in International Law" and "Non-State Actors in International Law" (since 2006 and 2008, respectively)

Juristische Gesellschaft zu Berlin (Berlin Legal Association): Member of the Advisory Board (2004-2009)

Member of the Editorial Board of "Europäischer Gerichtshof für Menschenrechte. Deutschsprachige Sammlung (EGMR-E)" (German-language edition of the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights), edited by Erika Engel und Norbert Paul Engel (since 2008)

Member of the European Commission's Network of Legal Experts in the Field of Gender Equality (since 2008) (Women in International Security, German Chapter): Auditor (since 2008)

Member of the Presidium of United Nations Association of Germany - UNA-Germany (since 2017)

Member of the Advisory Board of Kieler Forschungsstelle Toleranz (KFT) (since 2019)

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Biographical note Michael Windfuhr, Deputy Director

Michael Windfuhr is a political scientist, educated at the University of Heidelberg. Since 2011, he has been the Deputy Director of the German Institute for Human Rights, the national human rights institution of Germany. For the five years prior to this, he served as Human Rights Director of Bread for the World, the development organisation of the Protestant church of Germany. Between 1988 and 2006 he worked with FIAN-International (FoodFirst Information and Action Network), an international human rights organisation that focuses on the realisation of the right to adequate food. Initially he coordinated FIAN´s Latin American work concentrating on land conflicts and agrarian reform. He represented FIAN at the United Nations Human Rights system from 1992 onward. In the last 10 years, he has contributed to the effort to set standards for the right to food. He was actively involved in the elaboration of the “Voluntary Guidelines on the progressive implementation of the right to adequate food” adopted by the FAO Council in November 2004. He became Secretary General of FIAN in 2005.

He brought his experience in international relations to the Institute of Political Science at the University of Heidelberg. From 1996 to 2000 he was also a part-time assistant to Prof. Klaus von Beyme. In addition Michael Windfuhr lectured at the Institute for more than ten years. His main fields of publication and teaching are: human rights policies, international relations theory, international economic and development policies. He has published extensively, particularly on economic, social and cultural rights as well as on trade and agricultural policies.

Lastest book publications:
Windfuhr, Michael (ed.): Beyond the Nation State. Human Rights in Times of Globalisation, Stockholm, 2005.
Bals, Christoph / Harmeling, Sven, Windfuhr, Michael: Climate change, Food Security and the Right to adequate Food, Study written for Brot für die Welt, Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe und Germanwatch, November 2008.