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Fundamental & human rights

Fundamental & human rights

LGP Competence Centre for Fundamental and Human Rights

The LGP Competence Centre for Fundamental and Human Rights was founded in 2009 as part of the expansion of the international activities of the law firm Lansky, Ganzger + partner in the CIS region. The competence centre has set itself the task of using LGP's experience in the international enforcement of law and its interface function between business, politics and media in the service of promoting and implementing democracy, rule of law and human rights. The advisory team of human rights experts, university professors and experienced political players enables interdisciplinary access to legal issues, as well as international cooperation with renowned research institutes.

In daily practice, the focus is on the enforcement of fundamental and human rights of clients before national authorities. In order to avoid bringing expensive proceedings to the highest courts, attention is paid to the design of legal norms in compliance with fundamental law for proceedings within Austria. If necessary, preliminary rulings of the European Court of Justice are used to design EU law. If a statutory condition is itself in conflict with the fundamental law, the team of experts will handle the elaboration of complaints and applications to the Constitutional Court. If fundamental and human rights are disregarded in decisions taken by the courts of last instance in Austria, the Competence Centre will check whether a complaint is likely to be successful if brought before the European Court of Human Rights or before the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva.

The competence centre also supports governments with the promotion and implementation of democracy, rule of law, human rights and environmental protection – especially in the Member States of the CIS. The team of advisers also supports states in their efforts to contribute to the enforcement of and regard for humans rights and the rule of law in proceedings before international authorities.

Companies belong to the wider advisory focus. This is because companies are also obligated to comply with environmental and human rights standards. LGP took a consistent step in this regard by acceding to the "Global Compact" in 2013. This initiative was created by the UN in order to promote "Corporate Social Responsibility" at the international level.

Focus: Enforcement, advice, further training

The law firm of Lansky, Ganzger + partner, together with its Competence Centre for Fundamental and Human Rights, works toward the enforcement of the fundamental and human rights of individuals and companies before national, European and international authorities. Further focal points of the Competence Centre include advisory activity for governments, as well as the further training programme in the area of fundamental and human rights. The Competence Centre has already been involved in a large number of proceedings and projects since it was founded in 2009. The geographical focus is on the CIS region.

Advisory team

A distinguished team of experts has been built up around LGP's founder, Dr. Gabriel Lansky, who has represented human rights cases since the 1980s. Team members include EU expert and longstanding employee of the European Court of Justice, Univ.-Doz. DDr. Alexander Egger, and the external adviser ao. Univ. Prof. Dr. Hannes Tretter. The university professor for fundamental and human rights at the Institute for State and Administrative Law of the University of Vienna is the scientific and administrative head of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Human Rights in Vienna.

About human rights in the current context

Fundamental and human rights are increasingly gaining in importance in law enforcement. Not least the adoption of the EU's Charter of Fundamental Rights, which promotes this development in addition to classic civil and political rights (above all the European Convention on Human Rights) also encompasses social, economic and cultural rights. Even today, the European Court of Justice makes reference in its arguments to the Charter of Fundamental Rights. This became enforceable EU primary law with the coming into force of the Treaty of Lisbon at the end of 2009.

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