Statutes for the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights
Considered by the Board of the Faculty of Law 20 October 2014 and approved by the dean 3 December 2014.
§ 1 Purpose
The purpose of Norsk senter for menneskerettigheter (abbreviated SMR, with the English-language title Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, abbreviated NCHR) is to conduct research, provide education, disseminate and carry out programme activities in the field of human rights.
The Centre is multidisciplinary and shall promote the study of human rights as an academic discipline.
The Centre places emphasis on the connection between research education and practical application of knowledge.
§ 2 The Centre’s Organizational Bodies
The centre shall comprise:
- An advisory board.
- A department head serving as director and hired for a fixed term.
- A deputy director for the director.
- An administration headed by an administrative manager (office manager).
§ 3 The Centre’s Board
§ 3-1 Functional areas of the advisory board
The Centre’s Board shall issue statements about the following matters:
- General plans, principles and prioritizations for the organization.
- Long-term plans, with particular emphasis on research, education and communication strategy.
- Annual plan and budget.
- Internal organization in departments, academic specialist groups and the like, within the framework established by the governing body.
- Financial account.
- Annual report
The Centre’s Board may also discuss other matters that the director or other members wish to look into.
The Centre’s Board nominates members to the election committee for appointment of the director and makes a recommendation to the faculty board for appointment of the director.
§ 3-2 Composition of the Centre’s Board
The Centre’s Board shall comprise the following:
- Three external members of academic staff in permanent tenure at the University of Oslo outside UCHR appointed by the dean of the Faculty of Law upon nomination received from the director of UCHR.. One of the members shall come from the Faculty of Law and the two other members from another unit of UiO.
- Three external members who are not employees of the University of Oslo, appointed by the dean of the Faculty of Law upon nomination received from the director of UCHR..
- One member of the academic staff in permanent tenure at the Centre (or one who is temporarily serving in such a position), elected by academic staff members in permanent tenure (or members temporarily serving in such positions) at the Centre.
- One member who is employed in a temporary academic position at the Centre, elected by the employees in temporary academic positions.
- One member who holds a technical/administrative position and who is not employed by any projects/programmes at the Centre, elected by the technical/administrative staff members who are not employed by any projects/programmes at the Centre.
- One member who holds a technical/administrative position linked with projects/programmes at the Centre, elected by the technical/administrative staff members who are employed by projects/programmes at the Centre.
- Two members representing students, one of whom should be from the Centre’s master’s study programme.. The students are appointed by the UiO Student Parliament.
All members shall have personal deputies elected or appointed in the same manner as the members.
The Centre’s Board elects the Chair and Deputy Chair of the Board from among the external members.
§ 4 Election
The period of office for the Centre’s Board is four years for external members, for members elected from the permanent-tenure academic staff and for the technical/administrative employees.
For the temporary academic employees and for students, the term of office is one year.
A member or deputy member vacates his/her position if his/her affiliation with the group or the faculties ceases to exist.
The members of the Centre’s Board are appointed by different groups of employees in conformity with currently applicable election rules.
§ 5 The Director
The director is the Centre’s highest executive official and conducts the Centre’s activities within the framework established by the University Board, the plans of the faculty and instructions from the dean. The Centre Board’s discussions/recommendations are of an advisory nature for the director. The director has the responsibility and authority in terms of all tasks, and has a blanket power of attorney to make decisions on current, individual cases.
The director acts as the Board’s secretary. The director is responsible for preparing the presentation of cases to the Board in those matters that fall under the jurisdiction of the Centre’s Board (cf. § 3). The director is responsible for following up input from the Centre’s Board.
The director is responsible for external networking, communication of information and contact with external partners.
The job description is found in the rules for management and administration of the Faculty of Law. The director can be tasked with performing duties for the faculty.
The director is appointed for a fixed, four-year term, with an option to extend the appointment for one additional term.
§ 6 The Deputy Director
The director appoints his/her deputy director. The deputy director acts on behalf of the director in the director’s absence from the Centre’s Board.
§ 7 Administrative Manager
The administrative manager functions as the head of the Centre’s administrative and managerial work in consultation with and on delegated assignment from the director. The job description for the administrative manager is part of the rules for management and administration of the Faculty of Law.
§ 8 Entry into force
These statutes shall enter into force on 1 January 2015.