The primary focus of BIM is on research activities in the field of human rights, on the national, European and international level. BIM staff is also engaged extensively in human rights teaching and training. It is BIM’s main objective to offer a link between academic research and legal practice. Therefore, a considerable amount of work is devoted to empirical research and project implementation. Through co-operation with international, European and national institutions – like UN, OSCE, COE, EU, ICTY, Austrian and Foreign ministries – as well as other human rights research institutes and NGOs, BIM strives to provide relevant studies, analysis and data on human rights issues in areas such as international, European and national law, politics, education and the media.