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Brief introduction

Director, European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI), Flensburg, Germany


PhD, Government, University of Essex, 2001

Academic profile

A political theorist by background specializing in the political and legal aspects of national and ethnic minority rights in international law and international relations, especially in the European context. Areas of expertise cover the major international organizations, the European Union as well as individual countries. Current research interests include minority citizenship, agonistic democracy, ethno-ecologism, minority indicators, and inter-sectional discrimination. Has been called upon for expert advisory opinions by local and national parliaments and governments, EU Presidencies, the Council of Europe, the OSCE and the European Commission. Currently an additional member of the Advisory Committee on the European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities elected by the Committee of Ministers in respect of Denmark. Has taught at the EU's Master Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation in Venice, Italy, the Master in European Integration and Regionalism in Bolzano, the University of Bologna's European Master in Peace-making and Peace-building and the European Studies programme at the University of Southern Denmark. Currently external lecturer at Flensburg University. In addition to academic career, has served in the Danish Foreign Service in numerous positions and represented the Danish Government in international fora on post-conflict resolution for Rwanda and Bosnia, transition and development for Albania as well as on indigenous affairs issues.


Full list
  • National Minority Rights in Europe (OUP, 2005)
  • The Aspect of Culture in the Social Inclusion of Ethnic Minorities – Evaluation of the impact of inclusion policies under the Open Method of Co-ordination: Assessing the Cultural Policies of Six Member States of the European Union”, ECMI Reports No. 60 (2007)
  • Minority Indicators: A New Era for the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities” in European Yearbook of Minority Issues, Vol. 7 (Brill, 2010)


Minority rights, citizenship, Europeanization, indicators

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