Program 2017


Interrogating Populism

From the Perspectives of Vulnerable Minorities

Budapest, Hungary, 17-22 July 2017


Sun 16 Introduction

18:30 Meeting at the lobby of the dormitory
19:00-20:00 Dinner at IBIS Budapest Aero Hotel restaurant (1091 Budapest, Ferde utca 1.) and introductions

Mon 17 Populism Today

09:00-09:30 Welcome speeches

Self-Determination, Human Rights, and the Nation-State

Dr Gaetano Pentassuglia, Reader in International Law, former Director of the Human Rights and International Law Unit, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

11:00-11:30 Break
11:30 -13:00

Populism and Liberal Democracy: The treatment of minorities and alleged outgroups

Dr. Daniele Albertazzi, Senior Lecturer in European Politics and Postgraduate Research Director, Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

13:00-14:00 Lunch break

Youth between the far-right populism and human rights

Dr Anna Krasteva, Professor, New Bulgarian University, Department of Political Science, Bulgaria

15:30-16:00 Break
16:00-17:30 Moderated discussion
19:00 Dinner at Veranda Grill & Wine (1096 Budapest, Vendel u. 9.)

Tue 18 Concepts, Theories, and Analytical Frameworks


International News Literacy: media in the age of rising populism. Some analytical tools for understanding media in the age of social networks

Mirjana Tomić, Communications Consultant, Forum Journalismus and Medien Wien, Austria

10:30-11:00 Break
11:00 -12:30

Young people, poverty and populist politics in the UK

Rys Farthing, Policy Analyst, Director of Strategy and Impact, UP: Unlocking Potential, United Kingdom

12:30-13:30 Lunch break

Protecting the Vulnarable – Why Human Rights are Essential for Minorities

Dr. Fernand de Varennes, Dean, Faculty of Law, Université de Moncton, Canada

15:00-15:30 Break
15:30-17:00 Moderated Discussion
17:30-19:30 Budapest Site Seeing Tour
19:30 Dinner at Veranda Grill & Wine

Wed 19 Response and Remedies


International and Supranational Organisations – How international organisations could respond to populism

Dr. Jennifer Jackson-Preece, Associate Professor in Nationalism in Europe, Centre for the Study of Human Rights, London School of Economics, United Kingdom

10:30-11:00 Break
11:00 -12:30

International and Supranational Organisations – How the EU could respond to populism

Dr. Joelle Grogan, Lecturer in Law, School of Law, Middlesex University London, United Kingdom

12:30-14:00 Lunch break

Transnational human rights activism and populism

Barbora Černušáková, Researcher, EU Team, Amnesty International, United Kingdom

András Kováts, Menedék – Association for Migrants, Hungary

Tommaso Nodari, Programme Director, International Secretariat, Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization

Fiona McConnell, Associate Professor in Human Geography, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Moderated by: Dr. Anna-Mária Bíró, Director, Tom Lantos Institute

15:30-16:00 Break
16:00-17:30 Moderated Discussion
19:00 Dinner at Veranda Grill & Wine

Thur 20 Case Studies



Dr. Hilly Moodrick-Even Khen, The Academic Center of Law and Science, Israel

10:30-11:00 Break
11:00 -12:30


Prof. Joshua Castellino, Dean of the School of Law, Middlesex University London, United Kingdom

12:30-14:00 Lunch break

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Edin Hodžić, PhD, Director and Head of Public Law Program, Center for Social Research Analitika, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

15:30-16:00 Break


Dr Tamás Kiss, Researcher, Romanian Institute for Research on Minorities Issues, Romania

19:00-20:30 Gala Dinner at Hungarian Academy of Sciences headquarters (Budapest, Széchenyi István tér 9, 105

Fri 21 Presentations, discussions, debates


Panel: Minorities in multi-ethnic/national states and populism

Panellists: Dr Edin Hodžić

Dr Hilly Moodrick-Even Khen

Dr Tamás Kiss

Moderated by: Prof Joshua Castellino

10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-12:30 Participants’ presentations
12:30-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-15:30 Participants’ presentations  
15:30-16:00 Break – Written evaluation
16:00-17:00 Evaluation and certificates
18:00 Dinner at Veranda Grill & Wine

Sat 22 Study Trip



10:30-12:00 The history of Serbian minority in Hungary

Djerdj Andrej

14:00-15:30 The situation of Serbs in Hungary today and the Serbian minority self-government

Djerdj Andrej