Language policy can promote stability. For many individuals and groups, language is a key component of identity, and threats to it can raise tensions. Respect for linguistic rights, whilst also considering a state’s need to maintain cohesion, reduces conflict potential. The OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities promotes functional solutions to such contentious issues, and the Oslo Recommendations regarding the Linguistic Rights of National Minorities address these challenges. This book analyses the components of a balanced legal and policy framework on language use, with a view to preventing conflict. In addition to reviewing the work of the OSCE HCNM in this area, it also draws upon the expertise of other international organisations and leading academics working in this field.
Iryna Ulasiuk Ph.D. (European University Institute, 2010) is a Senior Legal Adviser at the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities. She has a number of publications in the field of minority rights, education and language rights.
Laurenţiu Hadîrcă, LL.M. in Comparative Constitutional Law (CEU, 2004), M.Litt. in International Relations (Monash University, 2005) is a Senior Legal Adviser to the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities. He has several publications on human rights and international relations.
William Romans LL.M. (Stellenbosch, 2001), LL.B. (Hon.) (Edinburgh, 1998) is a Senior Legal Adviser to the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities. He is an attorney-at-law and has worked in the field of international law since 2001.
Preface Lamberto Zannier Notes on Contributors
Part 1: Language, Integration of Societies and Conflict Prevention
Introduction: Shaping Language Policies to Promote Stability Bob Deen and William Romans
Approach to the Promotion of the State/Official Language in Various
Participating States Laurenţiu Hadîrcă
To Speak or Not to Speak: Minority Languages, the Public Administration and the Enforcement of Linguistic Requirements Iryna Ulasiuk and Laurenţiu Hadîrcă
Mind Your Own Business: The Oslo Recommendations and the Linguistic Rights of National Minorities in Economic Life Jennifer Croft
The Intersection of Language and Religion in the Context of National Minorities Asa Solway and Alessandro Rotta
Recommendations on the Use of Minority Languages in the Broadcast Media as a Baseline for Context-specific Advice to Participating States Sarah Stephan and Dmitry Nurumov
Impact on Minority and State Language Promotion and on the Social Integration of Diverse Societies Through Education: The cases of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan Atanasia Stoianova and Michael Angermann
Part 2: Language Rights and Evolving Standards and Practice
Continued Relevance of an “Oslo” Language Policy in a Changing World Fernand de Varennes and Elżbieta Kuzborska
“The Borders of My Language Mean the Borders of My World”. Language Rights and Their Evolving Significance for Minority Rights and Integration of Societies Francesco Palermo
Language Rights in the Work of the Advisory Committee Petra Roter and Brigitta Busch
The Right to Display Place Names in Regional or Minority Languages within the Council of Europe Legal Framework Vesna Crnić-Grotić
Protection of Linguistic Rights of Linguistic Minorities in the
Context Rita Izsák-Ndiaye
Language Rights and the Work of the European Union Bruno De Witte
‘Taking Oslo Online’: Minority Language Policy & the Internet Jennifer Jackson-Preece
Language Rights and Duties for New Minorities: Integration through Diversity Governance Joseph Marko and Roberta Medda-Windischer
All interested in minority rights, language policy, and ethnic conflict prevention. The book will be of immediate relevance to policy makers, (academic) libraries, specialists, (post-graduate) students, practitioners.