EXPLORING THE TENSIONS BETWEEN THE PROTECTION OF THE STATE LANGUAGE AND THE PROTECTION OF MINORITY LANGUAGES: THE OFFICIAL USE OF MINORITY LANGUAGES
The use of minority languages is not only one of the central minority rights, but also one of the most problematic. Whereas the private use of minority languages seems to be uncontested throughout Europe, the difficulties with the public use persist to various degrees almost everywhere. Against this background, the focus of the cluster will be on the use of minority languages in communication with public authorities. It will be explored to what extent persons belonging to national minorities can use own language in communication with the administration and whether, and if yes, to what extent states enable the use of minority languages before courts that goes beyond the general guarantees set out in Articles 5 and 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights.