GLOBAL MINORITY RIGHTS SUMMER SCHOOL
Are Minority Rights Still Relevant?
The Impact of Minority Protection Regimes in the 21st Century
Budapest, Hungary, 10-16 July 2016
The Tom Lantos Institute (TLI) and the National University of Public Service (NUPS) in cooperation with the Middlesex University London (MU) and with the support of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade are organising their fourth international Summer School on Minority Rights with a special focus on the relevance of existing regimes for minority protection.
Recent years have seen an increase in the vulnerability of significant sections of the global community. The agreed human rights frameworks, based on individual rights protection at national, regional and international levels, have appeared inadequate in the face of widespread conflict, grinding poverty and mass exodus in the Middle East, Africa and to some extent reaching the borders of Europe. The phenomenon of oppression has largely been experienced by members of ethno-cultural groups, rather than by individuals. These groups’ quest for greater human security has put infrastructure, communities and systems under pressure at a time of economic hardship. However, the existing minority rights regime has not been adequately considered, discussed or utilised in this context.
Addressing these challenges from an international human rights law perspective requires clarity of vision, the ability to frame policies and to develop comprehensive approaches that offer flexible and creative solutions. Using the framework of international minority rights and drawing on wider socio-legal and policy orientations, this iteration of GMRSS will seek to highlight the importance of strategic action (civic, governmental, intergovernmental, local, national, transnational) in arriving at workable solutions. It will do so in two specific ways:
In doing so GMRSS will focus on the extent to which well-designed minority protection norms can be advanced through creative legal, political, socio-economic strategies at national, regional and international levels.
The Summer School will host 30 participants from all over the world and offers a forum to discuss relevant issues related to minorities with leading experts and practitioners in the field of international human rights law, political science, sociology, and history. Lectures include:
The programme starts with a pre-summer school workshop on “migrants, refugees, new minorities and international law” (working title).
The Summer School aims to:
This Summer School is envisaged as a space for meeting, consulting and debating with authoritative academics, practitioners, public servants and decision-makers. It provides excellent networking opportunities and the chance to share experiences and discuss current research projects. The programme is complemented by interesting and informative cultural events.
The participation fee is 150 Euros. It covers tuition, accommodation, meals and cultural events. Financial support is available for 15 participants. Please find the details below.
To apply, fill in the application form, save it with the following name: 2016GMRSS_[lastname_firstname], and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not send any other documents. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
The deadline for application is Wednesday 16 March 2016, 09:00am CET. Applicants will be notified by Thursday 31 March 2016.
Who should participate?
A strong command of English is required.
Watch the videos of the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Minority Rights Summer Schools
Financial support is offered by the TLI and the NUPS.
Applicants for scholarship require:
We strongly encourage the application of people belonging to national or ethnic, linguistic and religious minorities, as well as Indigenous Peoples.
Location and Institutions
The Summer School will be hosted by the NUPS Faculty of International and European Studies in Budapest, 2 Ludovika Square, in a nice green environment, close to the city centre. Accommodation and meals will be offered in the campus of the Faculty at the same location.
The event has been supported by the European Union, co-financed by the European Social Fund, in the “KÖFOP-2.1.2-VEKOP-15-2016-00001 – Public Service Development Establishing Good Governance” tender.