Professor James Hughes, London School of Economics, delivered the critical introduction at the Advisory Council Conference 2012 of the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI). His paper, Conflict and Non-Conflict, framed the issue; that Europe faces governance impasse in the context of its minority rights regime.
A subsequent panel discussion on how to link the macro and the micro level, encompassed presentations by Dr. Jennifer Jackson-Preece, London School of Economics, Professor Dr. Thomas Diez, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Professor Stefan Wolff, University of Birmingham, Professor Dr. Stefan Oeter, University of Hamburg, President of the ECRML Expert Committee, and Professor Levente Salat, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj.
Texts and summaries are now available online together with the programme, speeches and photos.
European minority governance regime
The European minority governance regime provides for the rights of persons belonging to minorities not to be assimilated against their will.
International legal instruments, such as the Council of Europe Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages as well as the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities have set the standards for all of Europe for the 21st Century: the right to protection, preservation and promotion of minority cultures.