bridging the gap between academia and human rights practice

About Us

The Bridge is an officially registered Vienna-based NGO run by graduate students from the Vienna Human Rights Masters. The intention behind the organisation is to bridge the gap between academia and human rights practice. Via interdisciplinary projects, events and interactive discussions, we aim to create a space for constructive dialogue so as to productively contribute to the human rights canon.

A particular focus of The Bridge is to do grassroots work and collaborate with other NGOs both in Vienna and elsewhere. We also post monthly blogs related to human rights work.

We invite any student or human rights practitioner, academic or activist to join us in raising awareness about some of the more pressing issues of our contemporary world.


HORN Movie Screening and Q&A with the Director Reina-Marie Loader

An event hosted by The Bridge at the University of Vienna

On April 10th, 2019, the Bridge hosted a film screening and discussion of the independent film ‘Horn’,  which reflects on rhino protection initiatives in South Africa. In attendance was Reina-Marie Loader, the film’s director and a former Vienna Master in Human Rights student, who uses an uncommon angle to explore Rhino protection. As Loader pointed out, discourse on rhino protections often focuses only on the end of the global trade chain, namely buyers of rhino horns in Eastern and South Eastern Asia. The film ‘Horn’, however, reflects on how the legacy of colonialism and the lack of jobs and economic opportunities in the local area contributes to illegal rhino hunting. Find out more in our Events section.