Minority protection norms - the setup, the interpretation and the practice

As issues of norm diffusion and convergence have come to the fore at the macro level with the EU taking a greater role in Europe’s normative regime, aspects of legitimacy and responsibility of protection schemes at local and regional levels require focused attention. In 2015, through a series of research and action-oriented projects, the Cluster will continue its work in four thematic areas that still have significant gaps and deficiencies in the existing research:

••• ‘Non-Territorial Autonomy: Interpretations, Forms, and Opportunities’ addresses a range of ideas and institutional arrangements related to the notion of autonomy on non-territorial grounds, seeking to describe, compare, and critically evaluate these ideas and their implementation.

••• ‘Ethnicity, Territoriality and Equality’ analyses the links between the notions of territory and ethnicity in public debates and policies concerning ethnic minorities, as well as related issues such as promotion of equality, cultural policies, and categorisation of ethnic groups through territorial affiliations.

••• ‘Translation of Norms and Ideas into Practice’ investigates how the notions of non-discrimination, minority protection, and participation co-exist in national and sub-national legislation, public institutions and public debates.

••• ‘Deficiencies and Gaps in Minority Protection’ seeks to identify cases where the ideas of minority protection are applied contrary to their substance, to elaborate the criteria for the selection of such cases, and to analyse their causes and consequences.

The Eastern Partnership Programme, developed jointly by all ECMI clusters and field offices, addresses minority issues at various levels, seeking to invest in the development of the expert and practitioner communities dealing with minority issues in the EU Eastern borderland and to facilitate communication concerning minority issues between this region and the rest of Europe.


Affiliated experts

Farimah Daftary
David Galbreath
Fernand de Varennes
Kristin Henrard
Malte Brosig
Balazs Vizi
Jennifer Jackson Preece
Levente Salat
Kinga Gal

Cluster News

ECMI Job Announcements

ECMI Job Announcements

The European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) invites applications for two positions as Senior Research Associate within the field of “Minority Studies” beginning 1 September 2017. Minority Studies at the ECMI cover research on ethno-cultural groups and autochthonous national minority issues in Europe.
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ECMI Staff Updates

ECMI Staff Updates

The employment of Alexander Osipov has ended on 31st May 2017. The ECMI thanks him for his service and wishes him well for his future activities.
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Final EPP conference: results of the three-year project to be presented in Kyiv

Final EPP conference: results of the three-year project to be presented in Kyiv

After the three years of extensive field work in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine, the ECMI Eastern Partnership Programme will conclude this summer. The final conferences will take place between 15 and 18 May 2017.
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EPP team is in Ukraine: functions and competences of executive bodies responsible for minority policy

EPP team is in Ukraine: functions and competences of executive bodies responsible for minority policy

What are the executive bodies responsible for minority policy? How do they function? These are the main topics of the current EPP seminars taking place on 12-14 December 2016 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
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