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17.12: Presented the Protocol to Ensure Language Rights to the general public at its launch in Donostia/San Sebastian, Spain
16.12: Participated in roundtable discussion on a European Language Policy at the UNESCO-organised conference, European Language Diversity Forum, Donostia/San Sebastian, Spain
9.12: Moderated panel on National Minorities, Bridge Building and Integration, side event of the OSCE Ministerial Council 2016, Hamburg, Germany
14-18.11: Participated in the visit to Kosovo of the Working Group of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention.
10-11.11: Participated in the OSCE SHDM on National Minorities, Bridge Building and Integration, Vienna, Austria
9.11: Presented paper, European Minority Rights Law: Unilateral Legislation in Favour of Kin-Minorities at the conference, The Promotion of National Minorities by their ‘Mother-Countries’ in Central and Eastern Europe during the 20th and 21st Centuries, 9-11.11., Berlin, Germany
8.11: Participated in panel discussion on Cultural Diversity in the Baltic Sea Region at the 7th annual EU Strategy Baltic Sea Region Forum, Stockholm, Sweden
26.10: Keynote presentation at the conference , Improving the legal framework and policies: Draft law on the protection of national minorities in the Republic of Albania organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tirana, Albania
10-14.10: Attended the 57th plenary meeting of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention, Strasbourg, France.
27-27.9: Chaired panel on Constitutional and Ethnic Dialogue Discourse in Europe at the Robert Bosch Academy workshop, Shared Societies – Approaches to Minority Related Issues in Europe and Israel, Berlin, Germany
5.9: Keynote lecture, The Dynamics of Europe’s Minority-Majority Discourses: From ‘Minority’ to ‘Co-Nation’? at the opening of the semester at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands
29.8 – 3.9: Introduced and lectured at the ECMI Summer School 2016, Lviv, Ukraine
16 June: Presented assessment of the fundamental rights of national minorities in the EU in 2015 to the LIBE Committee, European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium
14 June: Guest lecture on international diplomacy at European Studies, Europa-Universität-Flensburg, Germany
13 June: Hosted and chaired meeting with newly appointed Prof. Dr. Nils Langer, Europa-Universität-Flensburg, at the ECMI, Flensburg, Germany
7 June: Hosted the VP of Europa-Universität-Flensburg at the ECMI, Flensburg, Germany
2-3 June: Chaired the ECMI Conference “Non-Territorial National-Cultural Self-Government: Ukrainian Perspectives” hosted by the Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
31 May: Chaired and hosted an Arab-Israeli delegation of Knesset members, Flensburg, Germany
23-27 May: Attended the 56th plenary meeting of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention, Strasbourg, France.
10-11 May: Chaired the first co-operation meeting between the ECMI and the University of Swansea, Flensburg, Germany
26-29 April: Attended the 11th CAHROM meeting and introduced the ECMI as new partner, Sofia, Bulgaria
20-21 April: Attended the 20th Anniversary of The Hague Recommendations organised by the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, The Hague, The Netherlands
18 April: Chaired the presentation and public consultations of the Protocol to Safeguard European Language Equality elaborated by civil society organisations in the Basque Countries, Flensburg, Germany
15-16 April: Chaired the ECMI Seminar on “Strategies and Techniques for overcoming Tensions in Relations between Central Governments and Autonomous Units” addressing the Gagauz case, Vadul lui Vodă, Moldova
11 April: Hosted delegation of SPD Schleswig-Holstein headed by Ralf Stegner, MgL, at the ECMI, Flensburg, Germany
21-22 March: Participated in Liechtenstein Institute Colloquium on “Reconciling Self-determination and Territorial Integrity: Models of Self-Governance as Tools to Promote Peace and Stability in Europe” in Triesenberg, Liechtenstein
7-11 March: Participated in the visit to the United Kingdom of the Working Group of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention.
22-26 Feb: Attended the 55th plenary meeting of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention, Strasbourg, France.
4 Feb: Participated in the consultations on the 4th Thematic Commentary on the scope of application of the Advisory Committee, Vienna, Austria
2 Feb: Gave a presentation on “Minority Education Governance” in the European Parliament, Strasbourg, France
12 Jan: Participated in the launch of the German OSCE Chairmanship at the Federal Foreign Office, Berlin, Germany
7-11 Dec: Participated in the visit to Hungary of the Working Group of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention.
16-19 Nov: Attended the 54th plenary meeting of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention, Strasbourg, France.
13 Nov: Gave a presentation to the Symposium “Minorities of the North” at the Danish Central Library for South Schleswig, Flensburg, Germany.
11 Nov: Publishing of second volume in the OUP series on non-territorial autonomy, Minority Accommodation through Territorial and Non-Territorial Autonomy (with Francesco Palermo) – see also blog post on this website
3-5 Nov: Gave lecture on “Managing Diversity through Non-Territorial Autonomy” at the 2nd International Roundtable of Researchers, Academics and Practitioners at Tel Aviv University and a presentation to the 2nd Citizen Accord Forum on”Building Shared Society in Sustainable Democracies” in Jerusalem, Israel.
3 Nov: Gave a dinner talk “Deliberative Dialogue as applied in the Danish-German Border Region” to a group of ultra-Orthodox Jewish women in Elad, Israel.
15 Oct: Participated in the Advisory Committee Conference on Minority Rights in Divided Societies in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
28 Sep: Gave a presentation on women in minorities to the joint meeting of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly Committees on Gender and Minorities based on ECMI Issue Brief #36 titled “Minority Women’s Hard Choices when seeking Redress for Multiple Discrimination”
22 July: Book launch of the first volume in the new Oxford University Press series on non-territorial autonomy, Managing Diversity through Non-Territorial Autonomy: Assessing Advantages, Deficiencies and Risks, Budapest, Hungary – see also Blog on this website.
14-15 July: Participated in the meeting of the Organizing Committee of the European Language Diversity Summit 2016, Donostia/San Sebastian, Spain
1 July: Gave a talk on the topic Minorities and Kin-States at the Danish retreat Løgumkloster
15-19 June: Attended the 53rd meeting of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention, Strasbourg, France
8 June: Gave a talk on diplomacy to the students of the European Studies Programme at Europa-University Flensburg
5-7 June: Attended the ECMI Conference, “The 1990 CSCE Copenhagen Document: East-West Encounters and Evolutions of the Minority Regime in Europe” at Sankelmark near Flensburg, Germany
2 June: Hosted the Council of Europe Special Representative on Roma, Mr. Ulrich Bunjes at ECMI, Flensburg
19 May: Chaired the annual Minority Roundtable in the Danish-German border region on the topic of how to count members of minorities, Flensburg, Germany
14 May: Chaired the first meeting of the Steering Committee for the ECMI Eastern Partnership Programme in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine, Chisinau, Moldova
24 April: Chaired two panels at the 20th annual conference of the Association for the Studies of Nationalities (ASN) in New York.
22-28 Mar: Participated in the visit to Georgia of the Working Group of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention.
17 Mar: Gave an address to the Committee of Experts on the European Language Charter for Regional or Minority Languages on the occassion of its 50th meeting, Strasbourg, France
16-19 Mar: Attended the 52nd meeting of the Advisory Committee on the European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, Strasbourg, France
4 Feb: Met with the Federal German Commissioner for Affairs related to Resettlers and National Minorities at the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Berlin.
26 Jan: Presented a chapter on Greenland in the post-war period with specific focus on Denmark’s role (in Danish). The chapter will be published later this year in a volume issues by the Aaland Islands Peace Institute and the Nordic Council of Ministers.
21-22 Jan: Hosted the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities at the European Centre for Minority Issues, Flensburg.
11 Dec: Chaired a roundtable on collaboration between academia and the public sector, NGOs at the TRIG2014 conference “Translation Research for Industry and Governance, Brussels. The TRIG conference was the final event of the FP7 project TIME (Translation Research Training: An integrated and intersectoral model for Europe).
1-5 Dec: Attended the 51st meeting of the Advisory Committee on the European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, Strasbourg, France
28 Nov: Represented the ACFC at the conference, “Sami, the People, their Culture and Languages and the Council of Europe” in the Sajos, Inari, Finland 27-29 November 2014
21 Nov: “Cultural Competencies and national minorities,” at conference Civic Representation and Political Participation of National and Ethnic Minorities organized by the European Parliament in the Serbian Parliament, 20-21 November 2014
20 Nov: “Collective human rights are institutional rights,” Seventh Budapest Human Rights Forum, 20-21 November 2014
24 Oct: “Minorities in the 21st Century: New narratives, new discourses in Europe” Minorities and Globalization, University of Rennes 2, Rennes, 23-24 October 2014
10 Oct: Participated in an international workshop “National Policies Regarding a State’s ‘Own’ National Minorities in Other Countries: A Comparative Perspective” hosted by the University of Bamberg and funded by the European Network for Remembrance and Solidarity.
14 Jul: “Political Participation and Cultural Minorities in Europe: A Continuum of Institutional Approaches,” Global Minority Rights Summer School, Budapest, July 2014
18 Jun: Honoured to take up my task as full member of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities in respect of Denmark
14 Jun: “Social Justice and Cultural Minorities in Post-Conflict Settings: Any Role for Restorative Justice?” European Forum for Restorative Justice, Belfast, 11-14 June 2014