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Summer School in "Minority Rights - Norms and Practices in Central and Southeast Europe"

Venue: Budapest, Hungary
Period: August 4-10, 2013
Application deadline: July 8, 2013

Description of the Summer School

The National University of Public Service (NUPS) in co-operation with the Tom Lantos Institute is organizing its first international Summer School on Minority Rights with a special focus on the implementation of norms in Central and Southeast Europe.
The Summer School will host 30-35 participants from Europe and elsewhere. It offers a forum to discuss relevant practices and research issues related to minorities with leading experts and practitioners in the field of ethnocultural diversity management. The principal focus of the forum is the implementation of minority rights standards from a legal and political perspective in Central and Southeast Europe. An overview of the international minority protection regime (norms, institutions and mechanisms) is complemented with the analysis of the diverse macro-political approaches to the management of ethnocultural diversity in this region. This is followed by the presentation of specific case studies of minority rights implementation including Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Kosovo. The forum pays special attention to the role of civil society in both norm-creation and norm-adherence in the field of minority protection. Presentations are multi-disciplinary combining law, political sciences, anthropology and sociology.
The expected outcomes of this initiative are:

  • Have an overview and an understanding of the dynamics and dilemmas of the current international minority protection regime;
  • Understand the major models of norm implementation mechanisms;
  • Develop an overview of the existing constitutional approaches to the management of ethnocultural diversity in the region;
  • Assess critically the specific country cases of minority rights implementation;
  • Understand the role and effect of civil society contributions to norm emergence and norm adherence in the field identity politics.

The Summer University is a space for meeting and consulting with authoritative academics, practitioners, civil servants and decision-makers where participants have the possibility to share their own experiences and present their research projects for discussion.
Students who deliver a presentation at the Summer School get 3 ECTS.


  • Civil servants, decision-makers, teachers in higher education and public officials who deal primarily with ethnocultural minority related issues;
  • MA and PhD students who wish to acquire competitive personal competence beneficial for their future careers in academia or in practice-oriented professions;
  • Members of civil society organizations, practitioners; and
  • Everyone who is interested in recent developments, current theories and advanced training in the field of minority protection.

Application Procedure

To apply, submit the following materials:

  • Application Form;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Letter of Motivation (max. 500 words): Describe your fields of academic and professional interest and career goals. Indicate your motivation for participating in the course, and how it will contribute to your professional development;
  • A good command of English is required as the language of the Summer School will be English.


The participation fee is 100 euros. This fee covers tuition, accommodation, meals and cultural events.
The NUPS offers 15 full scholarships which cover tuition, accommodation, meals and cultural events for selected participants.


Scholarships are primarily offered to applicants coming from CEE and SEE (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia).
Applicants for scholarship have to have:

  • current interest or work in the field;
  • motivation to improve their understanding and skills; and
  • plans for future activities or career where they can use the knowledge and skills acquired.


Information & contacts

Ms Louise Métrich
Tom Lantos Institute


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