Walk the Line:

              The Impact of Boundary Politics on Identity and Inequality One Hundred Year

                                                            after the First World War

                                                   Budapest, Hungary, 19-25 July 2015

The Tom Lantos Institute (TLI) and the National University of Public Service (NUPS) in cooperation with the Middlesex University London (MU) and with the support of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade are organising their third international Summer School on Minority Rights with a special focus on the impact of boundary politics on identity and inequality.

The Summer School will host 30 participants from all over the world and offers a forum to discuss relevant issues related to minorities with leading experts and practitioners in the field of international human rights law, political science, sociology, and history. Participants will study the multiple impacts of boundary changes on identity and equality in the interwar period and today. Lectures and interactive workshops will cover the following topics: a critical assessment of the geopolitical perspective on boundary changes in Europe; the impact of the peace treaties on national, ethnic, linguistic and religious identities in Europe; boundary changes and conflict resolution from a normative perspective (focus on Kurdistan and Kosovo); the successful management of border communities in Europe; current territorial debates in Europe (Scotland, Catalonia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Crimea); the problem solving capacity of autonomies in Central and Eastern Europe; the protection of minorities in the Middle East; international and transnational approaches to minority protection; the Roma in Europe; and, finally, identity politics and equality.

The Summer School aims to:

  • Understand and critically assess the relevant international law and related practice on ethnic conflict resolution;
  • Present and review existing practice on the management of border communities in different regions of Europe;
  • Understand and discuss the effectiveness of the international minority protection regime with a particular focus on identity politics and equality. 

This Summer School is envisaged as a space for meeting and consulting with authoritative academics, practitioners, public servants and decision-makers, providing participants the opportunity to share their experiences and present their research projects for discussion.

Lecturers include:

  • Anna-Mária Bíró, Director of the Tom Lantos Institute
  • Joshua Castellino, Dean of the School of Law, Middlesex University, London
  • Kathleen Cavanaugh, Lecturer, Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Eve Hepburn, Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh
  • Jennifer Jackson Preece, Associate Professor, London School of Economics
  • Angéla Kóczé, Visiting Assistant Professor, Wake Forest University
  • Tove Malloy, Director of the European Centre for Minority Issues, Flensburg
  • Brendan O’Leary, Lauder Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
  • Alexander Osipov, Senior Research Associate, European Centre for Minority Issues, Flensburg
  • Francesco Palermo, Director of the Institute for Studies on Federalism and Regionalism, European Academy, Bolzano/Bolzen
  • Dimitrina Petrova, Executive Director of the Equal Rights Trust, London
  • András Rácz, Senior Research Fellow, Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Helsinki
  • Balázs Vizi, Associate Professor, National University of Public Service, Budapest.

The participation fee is 150 Euros. This fee covers tuition, accommodation, meals and cultural events. Financial support is available for 15 participants. Please find the details below.

To apply, fill in the Application Form, save it with the following name: 2015GMRSS_lastname_firstname, and submit it Please do not send any other document. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

A good command of English is required as the language of the Summer School will be English.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: Tuesday 31 March 2015, 23:59 CET

Date of Notification: Friday 10 April 2015

Who should participate?

  • Public servants, decision-makers, teachers in higher education and journalists with an interest in diversity management, equality policies, minority rights, ethnic conflict resolution, geopolitics, and relevant international law;
  • 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 organisations, practitioners;
  • Everyone who is interested in recent developments, current theories and advanced training in the field of minority protection.

Why participate in the Summer School?

The Global Minority Rights Summer School examines various challenges arising from the recent revival of geopolitics, territorial disputes, and identity politics. Participants gain an overview of the relevant international law regulating boundary changes, approaches to ethnic conflict resolution and minority protection and develop a better understanding of specific local cases. The Summer School provides interactive academic lectures with authoritative speakers; excellent networking opportunities; and the chance to share experiences and discuss current research projects. The programme is complemented by interesting and informative cultural events including a day-long visit to Komárno, Slovakia.

Watch the videos of the 2013 and 2014 Minority Rights Summer School.

Financial support

Financial support is offered by the TLI and the NUPS.

  • Six full scholarships for overseas (people from outside of Council of Europe member countries) applicants cover the participation fee and the travel costs to Budapest (except airport transfer). They do not cover visa fees.
  • Nine partial scholarships cover the participation fee (tuition, accommodation, meals, and cultural events). The travel costs to Budapest are not covered by the partial scholarships.

Applicants for scholarship have to have:

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

Preference is given to members of national or ethnic, linguistic or religious minorities.

Location and Institutions

The Summer School will be hosted by the NUPS Faculty of Public Administration in Budapest, Ménesi út 5. on Gellért Hill, in a nice green environment, close to the city centre. Accommodation and meals will be offered in the campus of the Faculty at the same place.