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The second Summer School on minority rights has successfully ended

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The Global Minority Rights Summer School organised jointly by National University of Public Service and Tom Lantos Institute in cooperation with Middlesex University ended successfully.

The summer school on minority rights is organised this year for the second time has excited wide interest. Thirty participants from all over the world – Austria, Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Ethiopia, Georgia, Germany, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Nepal, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Turkmenistan, the UK, Ukraine, USA – attended lectures in the field of ethnocultural diversity management and of minority rights.

Lectures of the summer school were held by outstanding professors and lecturers – lawyers, politicians, historians, sociologists – who are prominent experts of the above mentioned fields with extensive professional experience and academic background.

Students and participants attended lectures where wide range of issues were discussed and analysed as diverse as ethnic conflict resolution in Europe and Africa, the situation of minorities in Turkey and the Middle-East, the movement and rights of Indigenous People in Africa and the Far East, the issue of political participation of women in Africa, freedom of speech, the pro-Roma global civil society and transnational social mobilisation.

Some of these sessions were open to attend for external participants as well. In addition, some participants also had the opportunity to present their own research, therefore different topics were brought into focus, such as the issue of the rights to food of indigenous women in Nepal, the situation of Roma minority in Kyrgyzstan, minority rights in Sri Lanka and in Iran, the implementation of the law on the use of languages in Kosovo.

Additionally to the prestigious academic programme, students also had the opportunity to discover Budapest, its Jewish neighbourhood, as well as the town of Subotica (Serbia) and its Hungarian and Jewish heritage.

Videos of the lectures delivered by Brendan O’Leary, Joshua Castellino, Valmaine Toki and Bineta Diop will be available soon on the website of Tom Lantos Institute and of National University of Public Service.

Summer School with special focus on minority rights

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For the second time, the National University of Public Service and the Tom Lantos Institute have jointly organised Summer School with special focus on the issue of human rights. Three opening speeches marked the star of the Summer School held by Prof. Dr. András Patyi, the rector of National University of Public Service, Anna-Mária Bíró, the director of Tom Lantos Institute and Joshua Castellino, the dean of School of Law at Middlesex University of London.

This year, the Middlesex University of London also joined to the initiative as a host university along with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade which clearly made the programme even more prominent and prestigious. The Summer School is between the 14th and 20th of July.

In 2013 the aim of the first programme was offering a course focusing on the issue of minority rights in Central-Eastern Europe which can contribute to the high level of courses offered by world-renowned Western European universities and which is open for application for students from Hungary.

Last year 230 students applied for the Summer School programme which was supported by the State Reform Operational Programme. This number further increased in 2014 and the University received 460 applications which indicates very well that the Summer School is on the way to further success. Thirty-three students from over 96 countries and every continent are attending the programme in 2014, fifteen of them have been awarded full scholarship. This year, the scholarship granted by the University was enlarged which enabled even more international students outside of the EU to stay in Hungary and to take part in the programme. This initiative was highly supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

In additional to attending lectures, the students also have opportunity to take part in a daytrip to Subotica, Serbia. The lectures have a special focus – among others – on the evaluation of the relationship between international constitutionalism and minorities, as well as on the spreading tendency of nationalism and minorities.

Brendan O’Leary, professor of University of Pennsylvania, expert of ethnic conflicts gives lecture on the related global political mechanism. Tove Malloy, the director of ECMI and the member of the Advisory Committee on the European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities introduces the issue of the political participation of minorities. The lecture by Balázs Vizi, the associate professor of National University of Public Service focuses on the EU’s role to protect language diversity and also on the linguistic rights of the citizens of the European Union. Joshua Castellino, the dean of School of Law at Middlesex University of London aims to elucidate the issues of minorities and constitutionalism in the Middle-East.

Several lecturers aim to highlight the issue of the Roma community as Roma community are considered as transnational minority of Europe. The issues of the Jewish minority in Middle-East, the challenges of peacebuilding processes in Africa, along with the issues of Turkish minority are also in the focus of the programme. Within the framework of the programme, detailed attention is paid to the evaluation of the issues of those Hungarian minorities who are living in the neighbouring countries.

At the summer school – among others – Jennifer Jackson-Preece, professor of London School of Economics and Bineta Diop, president of Femmes Africa Solidarité is also among the outstanding lecturers of the programme. Along with the students, exerts of the topic raised during the programme also attend the courses from Ethiopia, Egypt, Philippines and Sri Lanka.