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Julia Planitzer

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"The Council of Europe Convention on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings and Its Impact on Strengthening a Human Rights Based Approach to Trafficking in Human Beings" (working title)

The purpose of the research will be to assess the current state of application of a human rights based approach (HRBA) to trafficking in human beings. The research will focus on a HRBA both in protection of trafficked persons and the prevention of trafficking in human beings. Therefore the elements of a HRBA to trafficking in human beings and existing State’s obligations need to be identified. The research will assess to what extent specific anti-trafficking instruments, which lead then to specific national anti-trafficking strategies, contribute to an enhanced HRBA to trafficking in human beings at the national level.

The research will focus on the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings and will assess in selected countries whether the ratification of the Council of Europe Convention has led to a change of anti-trafficking strategies, including policies and legislation, towards a HRBA to trafficking in human beings. The research will come up with conclusions which should discuss possible strategies towards an implementation of a strengthened HRBA in trafficking in human beings.


Julia Planitzer studied law at the University of Vienna (2000-2005) and the Radboud University Nijmegen (NL, 2003-2004). She started her professional career in the Austrian Ministry of Social Affairs and works since 2008 as a legal researcher at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights focusing on the fields of trafficking in human beings and women’s rights.  Julia is a research fellow at the Initiative College “Empowerment through Human Rights” at the University of Vienna since January 2010.



• Planitzer, J. (2012) 'GRETA's first years of work - review of the monitoring of implementation of the Council of Europe's Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings', Anti-Trafficking Review Journal [scheduled June 2012]

• Planitzer J., Sax H. (2011) Combating THB for Labour Exploitation in Austria, in Rijken C. (ed.) Combating Trafficking in Human Beings for Labour Exploitation, Wolf Legal Publishers, ISBN 978905850653.

• Planitzer J., Probst E., Steiner B., Unterlerchner B. (2011) Entschädigungsmöglichkeiten für Betroffene des Menschenhandels in Österreich [Compensation for Victims of Trafficking in Human Beings in Austria], OEGB, ISBN 978-3703514982. (in German)

• Planitzer J. (2009) Guiding Principles on Memoranda of Understandign between Key Stakeholders and Law Enforcement Agencies on Counter-Trafficking Cooperation, IOM Vienna, ISBN 9789290685180.

• Planitzer J. (2009) Die Ausbeutung von Mädchen in der Prostitution als Form des Kinderhandels mit Fokus auf Südost- und Osteuropa [Exploitation of girls in prostitution as form of trafficking in children with a focus on South-Eastern and Eastern Europe], in Bielefeldt H., Deile V., Hamm B., Hutter F., Kurtenbach S., Tretter H. (eds.), Jahrbuch Menschenrechte 2010, Böhlau, Vienna, ISBN 9783205784265. (in German)

• Planitzer J. (2009) Frauenhandel, Prostitution und Sexarbeit" [Trafficking in women, prostitution and sex work], AEP 1/2009, pp. 17-18. (in German)

• Planitzer J. (2007) Menschenhandel -Was hat sich seit Palermo getan? [Trafficking in Human Beings – What happened since Palermo?], in juridikum 2007/2, Verlag Österreich, pp. 107-111. (in German)


Courses Taught

• Human Rights of Children – Children, Sex and Human Rights: Standards and Dilemmas (Seminar, University of Vienna, winter term 2010, together with Hannes Tretter and Simon Flacks)

• Human Rights of Children - Children “on the move” (Seminar, University of Vienna, summer term 2009, together with Manfred Nowak and Helmut Sax)

• Trafficking in Human Beings (Human Rights Protection in Europe within M.E.S. Programme “European Studies” at the University of Vienna, since winter term 2009, together with Margit Ammer, Marta Hodasz, Monika Mayrhofer, Michael Frahm)

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