A busy period of publications for ECMI researchers over the past few months included multiple publications from Dr. Ljubica Djordjević, head of the Justice and Governance Cluster at the ECMI.
In timing with the 20th anniversary of the Framework Convention on National Minorities (FCNM) in 2018, Dr. Djordjević assessed the notion of a perceived crisis of the FCNM in an Issue Brief aptly entitled ‘The FCNM at 20: Is There Indeed A Crisis?’. As the author explained, the purpose of this Issue Brief was to “outline some basic tendencies in the dynamics of the FCNM in the past 20 years, with the aim to explore whether the FCNM is indeed in crisis, as it has often been argued”. In unpacking this, Dr. Djordjević first tackles the quantitative dynamics of the FCNM, before moving onto a second part involving the qualitative impact which points out some general positive and negative trends. Further, this Issue Brief is part of a larger ECMI research project seeking to assess the impacts of the FCNM and the effectiveness of the monitoring of its implementation. As such, the Issue Brief presents some central (though still preliminary) findings of the study that will be published in 2019.
You can read Dr Djordjević’s full Issue Brief on the ECMI website: https://www.ecmi.de/publications/detail/the-fcnm-at-20-is-there-indeed-a-crisis-404/
In addition to this, Dr. Djordjević contributed a Commentary to the most recent issue of the Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe (JEMIE), published earlier this month. Written with the assistance of former ECMI intern Zenaida Zaimi, herself an Albanian citizen and law graduate, the Commentary concerns the Law on Protection of National Minorities in the Republic of Albania and contributes to Vol 18, Issue 1 of the journal. A clearly topical subject in the local context but also in a comparative sense for the authors’ work on minority legislation throughout Europe, this Commentary contributes to the debate by pointing out some of the most relevant aspects of the Law in a critical overview which highlights some of the positive and negative aspects. The authors conclude that whilst it is certainly a positive to have the Law adopted after being more than 10 years on the agenda and indeed avoids vague formulations, the Law “too often refers to the decisions of Council of Ministers or regulation in the secondary legislation and thus impedes the self-execution of its norms and direct implementation of the prescribed rights”. Furthermore, the authors conclude that “the Law lacks a clear integrative perspective, it is rather conservative in this respect and does not correspondent to the tendencies and challenges of diversity management of the twenty-first century”.
To read the full article, please follow the link to the JEMIE section of the ECMI website: https://www.ecmi.de/publications/detail/issue-12019-411/
You can access all of the ECMI’s internal publications including the Issue Brief and Working Paper series which tackle a wide variety of minority issues at the ECMI publications page:
To read more about Dr. Djordjević‘s work at the ECMI, as well as her previous academic background, see her personal profile on the ECMI website: https://www.ecmi.de/people/staff/dr-ljubica-djordjevic/