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Guest Lecture


De Varennes


on Thursday, 1 May 2008 at 6 pm

in Room 21, School of Law,
House 39, New Square, Trinity College Dublin


Dr Fernand de Varennes is Associate Professor at the School of Law at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. 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, he is recognised as 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). A laureate of 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.

Dr de Varennes 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 Senior (Non-Resident) Research Associate at the European Centre for Minority Issues in Flensburg, Germany, on the advisory board of numerous research centres and journals and has taught in numerous institutions around the world.

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-three languages (Albanian, Armenian, Azeri, Catalan, English, Farsi, French, Georgian, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Kurdish, Japanese, Latvian, Macedonian, Romani, Romanian, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish).

If you would like to attend, please contact :
T: (01) 896 2367 ; F: (01) 677 0449 School of Law, House 39,
Trinity College, Dublin 2 E:

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