The Third Global Minority Rights Summer School, organized by the Tom Lantos Institute, Middlesex University of London and the National University of Public Service (NUPS), was successfully held between 19-26 July 2015.
The Summer School was organised for the third time and enjoyed great popularity, receiving 430 applications from more than 80 countries. The selected 30 participants arrived to Budapest from various nations including Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, China, Croatia, Denmark, Ethiopia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Mexico, Montenegro, the Philippines, Poland, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine.
During the one-week Summer School, students could discuss a wide range of up-to-date minority and migration issues, such as the increased migration towards the European Union and, regarding this issue, the pros and cons of the border fence constructed on the Hungarian-Serbian border, the situation of minorities in the Middle East, the 2014 Scottish referendum on independence, the issue of the Crimea, the effects of settling border issues in the 20th century and the situation of the Roma population in Europe.
The first two days were open to the public and on the 22nd of July the Summer School gave floor to the introduction of the book titled “Managing Diversity Through Non-Territorial Autonomy – Assessing Advantages, Deficiencies and Risks” edited by Tove Malloy Director of the European Centre for Minority Issues, Alexander Osipov senior research associate at the European Centre for Minority Issues and Balázs Vizi associate professor at the Faculty of International and European Studies at NUPS.
In addition to the renowned speakers, students could also present their respective research results. Accordingly, the Russian population living in the Baltic States, the minority policies within the post-Soviet region, the participation of minority group in decision-making and the minority law issues in the Middle East, Bangladesh and Indonesia were discussed. Similarly to previous years, participants were given the opportunity to publish their respective works in the English special edition of NUPS’ journal Acta Humana.
Apart from participating in the lectures and discussions, students could also visit the main sights in Budapest in a bus tour. The event was closed with a one-day trip to Komarno in Slovakia where participants could closely examine the situation of the Hungarian minority and to the Csillag Fortress where they could learn about the history of the Roma Holocaust during World War II.
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If you would like to find out more about Acta Humana, please visit the journal’s website.
The National University of Public Service invites You to the book launch of
The book launch is organised as part of the Global Minority Rights Summer School. A discussion with the editors:
will be held by Anna-Mária Bíró, director of Tom Lantos Institute.
Venue: National University of Public Service
1118 Budapest, Ménesi St. 5.
Date: 22 July 2015 (Wednesday) 12:45
Your attendance is highly appreciated.
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.