Petra Roter from the Centre of International Relations, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, together with Brigitta Busch from the University of Vienna, Austria, has written a chapter on Language Rights in the Work of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. In the chapter, the authors demonstrate that the prevailing approaches to addressing language rights through the prism on nationalism and nation-building policies, which seek to strengthen the dominant nation (perceived in primordial sense) and protect it from all other ethno-national (linguistic) groups, are not suitable to contemporary realities. The latter are characterised by socially constructed identities and affiliations, which are increasingly multiple, situational and changing. They explain the three functions of language that need to be born in mind when introducing change and analyse how the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities has interpreted the treaty accordingly when advising states on how to manage diversity through minority rights in the field of language and language rights, based on taking a speaker-centred approach to the issue of language rights. The full text is available in the book entitled ‘Language Policy and Conflict Prevention’ published by Brill in April 2018.
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