Inštitut za narodnostna vprašanja bo obiskal prof. Fernand de Varennes, ki je tudi član uredniškega odbora RIG-a. Ob tej priložnosti, v sodelovanju s Pravno fakulteto Univerze v Ljubljani, organiziramo predavanje »The Rights of Minorities in International Human Rights Law« , ki bo v ponedeljek, 29. 11. 2010 ob 12.00 v Modri predavalnici Pravne fakultete UL v sklopu predmeta Mednarodno javno pravo prof. dr. Mirjam Škrk.
V torek, 30. 11. 2010 pa bo ob 11.00 uriprofesor Fernand de Varennes imel predavnaje »Language and Ethnic Conflicts« na Inštitutu za narodnostna vprašanja.
Dr Fernand de Varennes is a former Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Human Rights and the Prevention of Ethnic Conflict and the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Asia-Pacific Journal on Human Rights and the Law. One of the world's leading legal experts on language rights and has written two seminal works on this topic: Language, Minorities and Human Rights (1996) and A Guide to the Rights of Minorities and Language (2001) and was awarded the 2004 Linguapax Award (Barcelona, Spain) in acknowledgement of his outstanding work in the field of linguistic diversity and multilingual education. He has also held the prestigious Tip O’Neill Peace Fellowship at INCORE (Initiative on Conflict Resolution and Ethnicity) in Derry, Northern Ireland and was a 2004 nominee for the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights (Gwangju, South Korea).
He was the first to set up a regular law course on Asia-Pacific human rights in an Australian law school and established the then first LL.M. in human rights in Australia. He established a new Bachelor of Common Law degree at Murdoch University in 2010 and a number of international programs for Australian law students, including one focussing on human rights in Geneva. Dr de Varennes has taught students from a variety of cultural backgrounds in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia. He also has extensive international recognition for his research work on international law, human rights, minorities and ethnic conflicts and has worked with numerous international organisations such as the United Nations’ Working Group on the Rights of Minorities, UNESCO and the OSCE’s High Commissioner on National Minorities on these issues. He is on the advisory board of numerous research centres and journals around the world and has taught in numerous institutions around the world, including in Japan, Indonesia, South Africa, Finland and a number of other countries.
He has published five books and over sixty scientific articles and reports. His major publications include a two-volume series on human rights documents on Asia, a series of reports for Minority Rights International on minorities in Southeast Asia, Central Asia and East Asia, and a UNESCO report on the rights of migrants. He is currently working a new book on language rights, and a three-volume book series on ethnic and internal conflicts worldwide. His work has appeared in twenty-four languages (Albanian, Armenian, Azeri, Catalan, English, Farsi, French, Georgian, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Kurdish, Japanese, Latvian, Macedonian, Romani, Romanian, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Tibetan and Turkish).
He is currently professor of law at Murdoch University in Australia.