Friday, 8 May 2020

European integration and protection of minorities

The School of International Studies of the University of Trento is proud to welcome Ambassador Lamberto Zannier, High Commissioner of OSCE, who will provide teaching in the coming academic year

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A new important collaboration for the School of International Studies of the University of Trento.

In the next academic year, Ambassador Lamberto Zannier, OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) High Commissioner on National Minorities, former Secretary General of the Wien-based organization, will provide teaching at the School of International Studies.

Lamberto Zannier will co-chair the course titled “Conflict, Human Rights and Natural Resources”, designed for the School's master students, which will start in February 2021.

The High Commissioner will deliver an 8-hour module on the role of OSCE and of European states in the protection of minorities and in the prevention and management of conflicts in the European area.

To announce the upcoming course at the University of Trento, OSCE High Commissioner Lamberto Zannier will give an Euregio Guest Lecture on Thursday, 14 May, at 16.00 (video conferencing lecture), an event jointly organized by the universities of Trento, Bozen-Bolzano and Innsbruck.

The lecture, "Inclusive policies as a means to prevent crises and conflicts: Current trends and challenges in Europe” will be given in English and it is mostly aimed at students of the School of International Studies of the University of Trento, of the Faculty of Law of the University of Innsbruck, and of the Faculty of Economics and Management of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. Professor Esther Happacher of the University of Innsbruck will moderate the lecture. 

The event is part of the TIERS project – Trento Innsbruck European Research Seminars on European Integration II –  of which the School of International Studies of the University of Trento is part with its Euro-Region partners, and is funded by the Euregio Mobility Fund, which has been established to encourage student exchanges among the universities of Trentino, Alto Adige/South Tyrol and Tyrol. 

The event will also provide the occasion to give some more good news regarding the coming academic year. When academic activities will resume in September 2020, two officers from the office of the High Commissioner will deliver a workshop on the functioning and activities of OSCE for the students of the School of International Studies.

Students will learn, including through role play and simulations, how policies implemented by individual States and by OSCE manage diversity by facilitating social integration and conflict prevention. There are twenty places available for this workshop, and it will take place, in any case, in-presence or remotely, based on the coronavirus situation.