The project is implemented by a consortium of five partners from five different European countries:
COMPETENCE CENTRE FOR SOUTH EAST EUROPE at the University of Graz (project leader):
The Competence Centre sees itself as a meeting place and bridge between Central and South-Eastern Europe in which cultural exchange is not a one-way street. The Centre is a place of interdisciplinary team building. Lawyers, economists and political scientists are working together on solutions for problems in the transition process to democracy, rule of law and human rights in the countries of South-Eastern Europe.
Emma Lantschner, Joseph Marko and Edith Marko-Stöckl
Competence Centre for South East Europe at the University of Graz
Tel: +43 316 380 7413
Fax: +43 316 380 9450
EUROPEAN ACADEMY BOZEN/BOLZANO
Institute for Minority Rights
The Institute for Minority Rights of EURAC is mainly a research oriented institution but offers also a postgraduate program and policy consulting. Initiated from the successful model of the South Tyrolean autonomy, the institute has stood for intensive research and practice in the area of international minority protection for more than a decade. It has gained a reputation as a center of excellence particularly in the context of current "European" issues such as management of ethnic and cultural diversity. The institute employs around a dozen of researchers. A significant number of our collaborators hold prominent positions at the Council of Europe (Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities) or the OSCE (High Commissioner on National Minorities). Out of the dozen of our researchers half are women and the majority of them are lawyers. Our team resembles is made up of nationals from many different countries: Austria, Italy, Germany, Denmark, the USA, Romania, Poland and Kosovo. The common thread that unifies our diverse group of collaborators is the passion for our work and our friendly working environment.
Alice Engl and Sergiu Constantin
Viale Druso 1
Tel: +39 0471 055 223
Fax: +39 0471 055 299
Institute for Specialized Communication and Multilingualism
Since its creation in 1993, the research department has widened its original scope of "Language and Law", gradually encompassing studies on multilingualism and specialised communication. In this way, the research department has been able to place itself firmly within the international community in the field of applied linguistics. The Institute's various projects can be subdivided into three main areas of research: Bilingualism and Multilingualism, Specialised Communication and Language Technologies.
"Bilingualism and Multilingualism" is regularly involved in projects to analyze linguistic proficiency, often with focus on the related psycholinguistic and sociolinguistic aspects. A reality like that of South Tyrol's population, which is characterized by its three linguistic and cultural groups, offers a perfect point of departure for the study of phenomena related to language learning and language contact.
Drususallee/viale Druso 1
Tel: +39 0471 055 100
Fax: +39 0471 055 199
INSTITUTE FOR ETHNIC STUDIES
The Institute for Ethnic Studies (IES) is one of the oldest research institutions in the field of minority and ethnic studies in Europe. It has a long track record of work and research in the fields of minority studies, ethnic studies, human rights and lately also migrations. The IES has a substantial specialized library on ethnic studies and minorities, a specialized documentation centre and archives. In addition to its research and scientific work the IES publishes a scholarly journal Razprave in gradivo/Treatises and Documents and other (mostly monographic) publications.
Sara Brezigar, Mitja Žagar, Romana Bešter and Mojca Medvešek
Tel: +386 1 200 18 86
Fax.: +386 1 251 09 64
INSTITUTE OF EUROPEAN STUDIES AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (IESIR) of the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences at Comenius University
The Institute of European Studies and International Relations (IESIR) is part of the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences established in 2001 within the Comenius University. The IESIR has developed a multidisciplinary background mainly in political science, history, sociology, law, diplomacy and philosophy. The IESIR has been the first institute in Slovakia to run European Studies as a full ranking study programs at BA, MA and PhD level. At the present time, the most important projects on the research agenda of the IESIR include topics as Political systems and parliaments in the EU, European citizenship and national identity, Human rights protection and European comparative law, European political cultures and symbolism, and European public policies. The academic staff of IESIR has a solid knowledge and experience regarding the research and international cooperation in the field of intercultural relations and minority issues.
in cooperation with
FORUM MINORITY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
The Forum Minority Research Institute was established in 1996 by the Katedra Foundation and the Fórum Foundation in Dunajská Streda. It is part of the Forum Institute, a consortium that includes two other institutions: the Forum Information Centre which provides civil training and civil service, and the Forum Regional Development Centre which deals with rural development and small area planning. The Forum Minority Research Institute is a non-profit organization currently located in Šamorín. Its primary objective is to carry out complex studies on the situation and culture of the national minorities in Slovakia, as well as document their written and even more extensive heritage.
SK-820 05 Bratislava