Current Visiting Fellows
Deon Geldenhuys (Republic of South Africa)
Deon Geldenhuys is a professor at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge. His teaching and research interests focus on international relations, in particular non-conformist state behaviour. His latest book on this subject is Contested States in World Politics (2009), which deals with non-recognised or de facto states. He will be a visiting researcher at the ECMI, working on cultural autonomy. The visit is sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation.
Graham Donnelly (UK)
Graham is a lawyer from Scotland and currently an ESRC PhD Researcher at the University of Glasgow’s Department of Central and East European Studies. He holds degrees in Politics, from the university of Strathclyde, in Glasgow, and law, from the University of Edinburgh, in Scotland. In academia, Graham has focused on ethnic minority issues and EU external affairs; firstly completing a Masters in Russian, Central and East European Studies at the University of Glasgow, writing on the longevity of minority rights reforms in Latvia, following EU accession in 2004; and now, his PhD research focuses on the EU as an actor in minority rights and issues in the EU’s (Eastern) ‘neighbourhood’.
As well as the legal profession, he has worked as a policy officer with the devolved Scottish Government, and, as a research and evaluation consultant with a private firm. He has worked with Scotland’s only ethnic minority law centre (EMLC), as a legal researcher, working on asylum and immigration cases, and he also works in a voluntary capacity with Amnesty International as a country coordinator for the former Soviet Union team, working on cases involving Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus, and is a Director of his local Citizens Advice Service. Graham teaches on two courses at the Department of Central and East European Studies: Communism and its Collapse and Communism in the Age of Stalin.
Graham’s research interests lie at the crossroads of the fields of international (or European) law and politics, with a special interest in how these fields impact on ethnic minority groups and peoples. Whilst at ECMI, where his stay is funded by the Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies, (CRCEES). Graham will be working with Dr. Alexander Osipov, being part of the Cluster Justice&Governance. He will also be drafting the UK section of ECMI’s new Minority Map and Timeline for Europe, in collaboration with Sonja Wolff.