Dr. Rainer Huhle holds a PhD in political science from the FAU. He spent most of his life outside the university, but joined the faculty of the Master Programme to teach, together with Laura Clérico, the course on Transitional Justice.
Rainer practiced for many years in political and human rights education programmes with the City of Nuremberg. For some years he was a volunteer in a Human rights NGO in Peru, and later he served as a Human Rights expert with the UN High Commissioner’s for Human Rights in its Colombia Office. He was a co-founder of the Nuremberg Human Rights Center (NMRZ e.V.) where he still does voluntary work. From 2011 through 2019 he was a member of the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearance (CED), the treaty body of the Internacional Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance. In that capacity he was also the co-author of the UN Guiding Principles for the Search for Disappeared Persons. Currently he is a member of several advisory boards on human rights issues in different Latin American countries and directs an international research project on best practices of the search for disappeared persons.
Beyond the topics related to Enforced Disappearance, Transitional Justice and the UN system for the protection of Human Rights his main research interests are the history of human rights, memories and memorialisation of human rights crimes and political and legal strategies of combating impunity. In this context he was a curator of the permanent exhibition on the Nuremberg Trials in the Palace of Nuremberg.