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'Where have they all gone? Globalisation, Language Diversity and International Law'

13 December 2013, from 3:15 pm until 5 pm
Porthania Building (Yliopistonkatu 3), room P669, University of Helsinki

ECI Guest Lecture by
Dr. Fernand de Varennes
2004 Lauréat Linguapax Laureate
Conseiller scientifique, Observatoire international des droits linguistiques, Université de Moncton
Visiting Professor, University of Hong Kong, University of Pretoria, Vytautas Magnus University

'Where have they all gone? Globalisation, Language Diversity and International Law'

"Most of the world's languages may disappear within a century, a phenomenon some link to globalisation. Despite numerous public pronouncements decrying our vanishing linguistic diversity, the international community has yet to adopt any direct legal measures to address this relatively recent development. This seminar examines some of the reasons beyond this reluctance, and what international law currently has to say about the protection of language and linguistic rights."

Dr Fernand de Varennes completed his law degrees in Canada (LLB, Moncton), the United Kingdom(LLM, London School of Economics and Political Science), and the Netherlands (Dr Juris, Maastricht).He began teaching common law in Canada at the University of Ottawa and the Université de Monctonbefore teaching in Australia (Murdoch University, 1995-2011) and contributing as a guest lecturer insome 20 African, Asian, and European universities. He is a continuing visiting professor at the University of Pretoria, Vytautas Magnus University and the University of Hong Kong.

 Dr de Varennes’ research and publications record spans some 150 publications in 28 languages. In addition to traditional scientific books and articles, he continues to write reports for international governmental organisations such as UNESCO (on the rights of migrants), the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (on indigenous language rights), and the UN Working Group on the Rights of Minorities and UN Independent Expert on Minorities (language rights, prevention of ethnic conflicts, political participation of minorities), as well as for non-governmental organisations such as Minority Rights International (on minorities in Southeast Asia, Central Asia and East Asia)

Comments by
Lauri Hannikainen
Professor Emeritus, International Law
Member of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance, Council of Europe
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