In the Ukrainian Catholic University a seminar on the protection of national minorities will be held

On December 7, 2015 in the conference-hall of the Academic building of the Ukrainian Catholic University a seminar on the protection of national minorities will be held. As part of this event political scientist and minority rights expert Balázs Vizi, PhD, will give a lecture entitled “Participation, Representation: Governments and Minorities”. In his lecture, Dr. Vizi will present the international human rights law perspective on the right of minorities to participate in public life. Offering an overview of two approaches to minority representation – through political participation and via official bodies representing minority interests – Dr. Vizi will focus on the legitimacy, representativeness and efficiency of different representation structures. He will also discuss existing practices from Hungary, Italy and Kosovo as examples. After the lecture, discussion on the protection of national minorities in Europe and Ukraine is planned.

To participate in the seminar, please register here:

The lecture will take place within the framework of the Eastern Partnership Programme (EPP) seminar «Advisory and Deliberative Structures: Models and Their Effectiveness» in Lviv.
The EPP is a project developed by the European Centre for Minority Issues (Flensburg, Germany), that focuses on national minorities and ethno-political issues in Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus. The project is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.
The seminar in Lviv is organized by the European Centre for Minority Issues in cooperation with the Ukrainian Catholic University.

The program of the event:
09.30-10.00 Participant registration
10.00-11.30 Lecture by Dr. Balazs Visa, Associate Professor at the National Public Service University, Budapest, Institute for Minority Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences: “Participation, Representation: Governments and Minorities”
11.30-12.00 Coffee break
12.00-13.30 Discussion
13.30-14.30 Lunch break
14.30-16.00 Discussion on the questions raised open to all the participants on the panel discussion

4-1Dr. Balázs Vizi is an Associate Professor at the Department of International Law, Faculty of International and European Studies of the National University of Public Service (Budapest, Hungary). He graduated in law from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, in 1999, and obtained a PhD in political science at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium in 2006, specializing in international human and minority rights protection. Since 2002, Dr. Vizi has worked as a research associate at the Institute for Minority Studies within the Centre for Social Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Since 2004, Dr. Vizi has been a lecturer at the Department of International Law, Faculty of Public Administration at the Corvinus University of Budapest. He also lectures at the Institute of Political Sciences, Faculty of Law, at Eötvös Loránd University. Dr. Vizi is a non-resident senior research associate at the ECMI and the author of several publications on minority issues in the context of the European integration and on minority rights protection.





Contact Person:
Mariia Taras, Rule of Law Center, UCU
0689767540, [email protected]