Julia Kozma holds a PhD in International Criminal Law and a Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Peace Support Operations.
In 2004, she started as legal researcher at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, Vienna, and monitored police work in the framework of the Human Rights Advisory Board at the Austrian Interior Ministry; in 2008 she became senior legal researcher at the University of Vienna. From 2008 to 2012 she was head of the team “Human Dignity and Public Security” at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute.
From 2005 until 2010 she worked for the mandate of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, and participated in various fact-finding missions (Nepal, Jordan, Togo, Sri Lanka, Moldova, Uruguay, and Jamaica), as well as in the drafting of the UN Special Procedures’ report on Guantánamo Bay.
In December 2009 the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe elected her member of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) in respect of Austria; recently, she was re-elected for her third term. In this connection, she has visited countless police stations and prisons as well as other places of deprivation of liberty in diverse countries in the last eight years, and has contributed to shaping the CPT’s standards for persons deprived of their liberty.
In mid 2016, she became independent consultant on prison and police matters, while pursuing her post-doc research on measures against impunity. Additionally, she is a lecturer in human rights and Master course responsible at the University of Strasbourg. She has broad teaching and training experience and has written diverse reports and publications on human rights and torture related issues.