Dr. Anna-Mária Bíró (Tom Lantos Institute, Budapest)
Dr. Bíró is the director of the Tom Lantos Institute, a research and education institution in the human rights of minorities. She holds an M.Sc. in Public Administration and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and a PhD in political sciences from the Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Law and Political Science, Budapest, Hungary. She was an advisor on international relations to the President of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania and head of the Europe Office of Minority Rights Group International (MRG). She worked as the Advisor on Minority Affairs of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo. Prior to working at the Tom Lantos Institute, Anna-Mária Bíró was a senior consultant to the Managing Multiethnic Communities Programme, LGI/Open Society Foundations and director of the higher education, innovation course “Incorporating Ethno-cultural Diversity into the Teaching of Public Administration” at the Central European University in Budapest. Anna-Mária published regularly in the field of international minority protection, civil society advocacy and the global governance of minority rights.
Dr. Iulius Rostas (Central European University, Budapest)
Dr. Iulius Rostas is a Visiting Professor at the Romani Studies Program. Between August 2016 and July 2019, he served as Chair of Romani Studies/Assistant Professor at Central European University in Budapest. He was an Affiliated Fellow with the Institute for Advanced Studies at CEU, Senior Fellow with the Open Society Foundations Roma Initiatives Office and Visiting Lecturer at the Corvinus University of Budapest. He has worked for the Open Society Foundations, the European Roma Rights Center and the Government of Romania and consulted the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the World Bank, the European Commission, and the Roma Education Fund. Dr. Rostas published "A Task for Sisyphus: Why Europe’s Roma Policies Fail" (CEU Press 2019) and is the editor of “Ten Years After - A History of Roma School Desegregation in Central and Eastern Europe” (CEU Press, 2012). In 2011 he published “Social Inclusion or Exclusion: the Rights of Persons Living with HIV in Moldova” (Cartier Publishing, 2011). He has published articles and book chapters on Roma participation, Romani identity, Roma school desegregation, Romani movement, and civil society.
Professor Jeroen Temperman (Faculty of Law, Erasmus University, Rotterdam)
Jeroen Temperman is Professor of International Law and Religion and Deputy Head of the Department of International and European Union Law at Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of Religion & Human Rights and a member of the Organization for Safety and Cooperation in Europe’s Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief. He has authored, among other books, Religious Hatred and International Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016) and State–Religion Relationships and Human Rights Law (Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff, 2010) and edited Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017) and The Lautsi Papers (Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff, 2012). ). Key publications further include articles published in Human Rights Quarterly, Oxford Journal on Law and Religion, Netherlands Quarterly on Human Rights, and Annuaire Droit et Religion. In 2014 he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, facilitating a visiting professorship at American University Washington College of Law. He has also been awarded with two EUR-Fellowships, a Research Excellence Initiative grant, and recently was successful as principal co-applicant under Horizon 2020.
Associate Professor Dorte Jagetic Andersen (BRS, University of Southern Denmark, Sonderborg)
Dr. Dorte Jagetic Andersen is Associate Professor at the CBRS, University of Southern Denmark with a background in European Ethnology and European Continental Philosophy. She received her Ph.D. in 2002 from the University of Essex, and after a Carlsberg postdoc grant in the International Center for Business and Politics at CBS, she moved to SDU in 2007 first as assistant professor then promoted to associate professor in 2011. Her main research interest concerns identity-formation in areas inﬂuenced by geopolitically drawn borders. Recent work has concentrated on local responses to violent conflict in former Yugoslav border regions, where images of borders and regional belonging reconcile tense relations between past, present and future, thus working as counterweight to violence. She has published extensively in the field of border studies, in its top-field journal the Journal of Borderlands Studies, in related journals, such as Journal of Spatial Planning, Journal of Contemporary European Studies and Nordic Journal of Migration Studies and in edited volumes published by top ranking publishing houses, where she has also edited volumes herself. Dr. Andersen was co-pi in a network research grant recently won from the Independent Research Fund Denmark, studying refugee volunteer relief work in Northern Europe.
Professor Kristin Henrard (Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussels)
Kristin Henrard is Professor of International Law at the Institute of European Studies and Vesalius College. She has more than 160 publications, a substantial part of which pertain to human rights and minorities, ranging from educational rights, linguistic rights, to the prohibition of (racial) discrimination (the various dimensions of the right to equal treatment), socio-economic and political participation and religious fundamental rights. Several of her publications elaborate on the role of international courts and their legitimacy concerns (in this respect). She continuously expands her range to multi-disciplinary papers, particularly pertaining to integration, and citizenship.
Associate Professor Emma Lantschner (Centre for Southeast European Studies, University of Graz)
Emma Lantschner is Associate Professor at the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz. In her research and teaching she focuses on the protection of national minorities and the right to equality and non-discrimination. Before coming to Graz, she worked as a researcher at the Institute for Minority Rights at EURAC Research in Bolzano/South Tyrol. She has worked as an expert on minority issues for the OSCE and the European Commission. Since June 2020, she is member of the Advisory Committee of the Council of Europe Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities in respect of Italy.
Professor Eric Gordy (School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL)
Eric Gordy is Professor of Political and Cultural Sociology at the School for Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. His research concentrates on Southeast Europe, especially the states of the former Yugoslavia. His bottom-up approach to large-scale political events was developed in the books The Culture of Power in Serbia: Nationalism and the Destruction of Alternatives (1999)and further in Guilt, Responsibility and Denial: The Past at Stake in Post-Milošević Serbia (2013), and also in the research project on informal practices in politics and economics in Southeast Europe INFORM: Closing the Gap Between Formal and Informal Institutions in the Balkans.
Professor Raminder Kaur (School of Global Studies, University of Sussex)
Raminder Kaur is Professor of Anthropology and Cultural Studies in the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex. Her books include Kudankulam: The Story of an Indo-Russian Nuclear Power Plant (2020); Atomic Mumbai: Living with the Radiance of a ThousandSuns (2013); and Performative Politics and the Cultures of Hinduism (2003/5). She is co-author of Adventure Comics and Youth Cultures in India; and Diaspora and Hybridity; and co-editor of five books covering topics to do with race, ethnicity, travel, migration, transnationalism, cinema, censorship, and arts and aesthetics. She is also a scriptwriter and has co-produced theatre and films https://www.sohayavisions.com/our-story .
Dr. Balázs Dobos (Institute for Minority Studies, CSS, Budapest)
Balázs Dobos, Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Minority Studies, Centre for Social Sciences in Budapest. He graduated from Eötvös Loránd University (MA in history and political science) and obtained a PhD in political science at the Corvinus University of Budapest. He teaches courses on ethnic conflicts, minority policies and minority rights in Central and Eastern Europe at Corvinus and ELTE. His research field mainly concerns the political and legal situation, political participation and representation of national and ethnic minorities through various institutional channels in the region, in particular non-territorial cultural autonomies and Roma political mobilization.
Professor Elin Jones (University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Wales)
Professor Elin Haf Gruffydd Jones has worked in the field of European minority languages for three decades, focussing on media, the creative and cultural sectors, translation and language policy and practice. A founder member of the Mercator Network, she has organised and participated in numerous conferences, research projects, study visits and written and contributed to reports, articles and books in the field. At the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, she also directs the work of Wales Literature Exchange and works closely with Literature Across Frontiers and with Wales PEN Cymru. In 2016, she was appointed Vice-Chair of the Independent Review of the Welsh Government’s Support for Publishing and Literature in Wales. In 2017, she was appointed member of the Council of Europe’s expert group on Media for the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. Between 2014 and 2018, she led the development of the first all-Wales postgraduate provision in Professional Translation Studies (2014-2018) delivered by Aberystwyth University and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in collaboration with Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, Welsh Language Commissioner, Welsh Government, National Assembly for Wales (now “Senedd”) , Welsh Local Government Association and Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru. She is multilingual and in addition to her native Welsh and English speaks Basque, Catalan, French, Galician and Spanish and has knowledge of Italian, Portuguese, German and Irish.
Professor Reetta Toivanen (University of Helsinki, Helsinki)
Reetta Toivanen is full professor in Sustainability Science (indigenous sustainabilities) at the Helsinki Institute for Sustainability Science (HELSUS) and a docent in social and cultural anthropology at the University of Helsinki (Finland). She is the vice-director of the Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives (EuroStrorie) funded by the Academy of Finland (2018-2025). Professor Toivanen is trained as a legal anthropologist with the specialization in human rights and minority rights. Her recent publications include: Beyond Legal Categories of Indigeneity and Minority-ness: The case of Roma and Falling in-between, in: Medda-Windischer, Boulter & Malloy (eds.) Extending the Protection to Migrant Populations in Europe – Old and new minorities. Routledge.