MINELRES: ECMI Newsletter No. 23, February 2003

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Subject: ECMI Newsletter No. 23, 
February 2003

Dear Subscribers,

Welcome to the twenty-third issue of the ECMI Newsletter, and thank you
for your interest.

1. Activities
2. Upcoming ECMI Conferences and Activities
3. New ECMI Publications
4. JEMIE Special Focus. EU Enlargement and Minority Rights
5. New acquisitions of the ECMI Library

1. Activities

Presentation of ECMI to a group of international students from the Open
University in Loegumkloster,
Denmark, February 18.


2. Upcoming ECMI Conferences and Activities

Events for 2003 will be announced soon on the ECMI website.


3. New ECMI publications

Please remember that all ECMI publications can be downloaded at:


ECMI Report #42
Perry, Valery
"ECMI Civil Society Project in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Supporting Annex
8 of the Dayton Peace Agreement: Development of a Cultural Heritage
Association and a Education Programme", 14. December 2002, Sarajevo,
February 2002, 63 pp., appendix.

4. JEMIE Special Focus. EU Enlargement and Minority Rights


Issue 1/2003

EU Enlargement and Minority Rights

At the Copenhagen meeting of the European Council in 1993, the European
Union (EU) committed itself not only to future enlargement but also to
ensuring the respect for and the protection of minorities in its
candidate states. To achieve this, the EU initiated a process of
accession based on fulfilling a plethora of membership criteria,
explicit and implicit conditionalities, and adherence to international
norms and instruments of minority protection. But how effective have
these various conditions and incentives been and do they amount to a
coherent 'European' policy on protecting minority rights? To avoid the
charge of double standards, does the EU need its own 'Charter of
Minority Rights' that applies to current member states as much as new
members? And what implications will this have for minority protection
after the present wave of enlargement?

This Special Focus explores some of these questions, looking at current
models and mechanisms to ensure minority protection, and examining a
number of case studies. As with all Special Focus sections, the Editors
encourage further contributions to this timely issue, especially from
younger academics and practitioners.


Martin Brusis
The European Union and Interethnic Power-sharing Arrangements in
Accession Countries

James Hughes & Gwendolyn Sasse
Monitoring the Monitors: EU Enlargement Conditionality and Minority
Protection in the CEECs.

David J. Smith
Minority Rights, Multiculturalism and EU Enlargement: the case of

5. New acquisitions of the ECMI Library

Yannis, Alexandros (2002). "The Concept of Suspended Sovereignty in
International Law and Its Implications in International Politics"
European Journal of International Law 13(5), 1037-1052.

The concept of suspension of sovereignty is not new in the legal and
political discourses in international relations. It has been employed
mainly to describe dramatic and extreme situations in which a clear
rupture is observed between the legal proposition of internal
sovereignty and the social and political realities on the ground. A
prominent example has been the case of foreign occupation. The recent UN
Security Council Resolutions on Kosovo and East Timor rekindled interest
in the concept of suspended sovereignty and raised new perspectives
about its function and role in international politics because it is the
product of legitimate international processes representing a further
evolution of models of international political authority. Thus, the
possible future crystallization of such a concept in international law
should be seen and explored more as an opportunity to increase the
transparency and accountability of international transitional
administrations and less as a chance to reintroduce hierarchical
relations in international politics.

We hope you have enjoyed this twenty-third issue of the ECMI Newsletter,
and we hope you will remember to tell interested colleagues about it.

If you have any comments or suggestions for improvement of this
newsletter, please contact William McKinney at: mckinney@ecmi.de

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