S2 E7: Language as a Human Right – Fernand de Varennes

This episode is dedicated to Human Rights Day, which we celebrated on Dec 10th.
For this, we have invited a very special guest, and we are honoured to have him with us today: Fernand de Varennes. 

Prof. de Varennes was appointed United Nations Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues by the Human Rights Council and assumed his functions in August 2017. His work and commitment focuses on the human rights of minorities, as well as the prevention of ethnic conflicts, the rights of migrants, the relationship between ethnicity, human rights and democracies, and the use of federalism and balancing competing cultural interests.

His contributions on these topics span the world, including being Extraordinary Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria, Adjunct Professor at the National University of Ireland-Galway (Ireland), a professorship for almost 20 years at Murdoch University in Australia, and as a guest professor at 12 different institutions in Africa, Asia and Europe.

Prof. de Varennes has written reports for and spoken in numerous forums on these issues including before UN committees, and the European Parliament.

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Read the transcript here!

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