Reflections and Surmises on Minority Rights

Who am I, and why am I blogging?

Welcome to my new site. I am a senior academic at the University of Sussex and have been working on minority rights (and in particular European minority rights law) for 20 plus years. But I still have more questions than answers, and wanted to share some reflections and surmises to help inform my own work and (hopefully) also that of others going forward.

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Why Reflections and Surmises?

It was over twenty years ago that I first started working on minority rights and was introduced to the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. Apparently this was an instrument that had caught the attention of some of those involved in discussions over the Good Friday Agreement 1998 and theContinue reading “Why Reflections and Surmises?”

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