Dr Petra Roter from the Centre of International Relations, Slovenia, has been selected as a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of Eurac Research: Institute for Minority Rights – one of the leading institutes on minority rights in Europe, situated in Bolzano/Bozen, Italy. Her mandate in the five member body is for the period 2017–2010.
Dr Roter is an expert in topics related to international protection of minorities and human rights. She is currently also the President of the Advisory Committee under the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. She delivered a keynote address at the 62nd annual congress of the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, between 17 and 21 May 2017. She spoke about the challenges faced by persons belonging to national minorities in accessing minority rights and by diverse societies across Europe. On 26 May, she participated in expert consultations in Graz, Austria, on access to justice for national minorities, organised by the Office of the High Commissioner on National Minorities of the OSCE. On 29 May, she was a panellist on National Parliaments’ potential in supporting national minorities, which was held at a two-day conference on national minorities, organised by the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and the Parliament of Austria in Villach on 29 and 30 May 2017.