ECMI hosts workshop on Implementation of Minority Rights in Europe
On 12 March 2011, the ECMI hosted the workshop “From Norm Adoption to Norm Implementation: Minority Rights in Europe” organized by the German Political Science Organization's Working Group on Human Rights. The Workshop aimed at exploring causal conditions for successful norm implementation and those conditions inhibiting it. While the EU compliance literature has identified a number of independent variables in the area of norm adaptation, it remains to be seen if those conditions influential in the transposition of norms are equally influential when it comes to norm implementation and behavioural compliance. How is the specificity of norms, normative compatibility of international vs domestic norms (misfit), administrative capacities or inadequate monitoring instruments by IOs playing? While minority and human rights promotion is largely not a question of transposition of international into domestic law, the real challenge thus is the implementation of these norms.
The Workshop heard papers on implementing minority rights in the EU and in non-member states as well as on issues emerging in the 21st Century. Issues as diverse as soft law and the role of NGOs were discussed. Problems of indicators, bilingual signs and compliance were highlighted while case studies from Russia, Croatia, Poland, Holland, and Turkey were presented.
For more on the workshop, check out the programme here: http://www.ecmi.de/fileadmin/downloads/Norm_workshop.pdf
Date: 12 March 2011
Contact: Malte Brosig[a]wits.ac.za