CELI Events Autumn Term 2014

The CELI programme of activities of all research clusters for November and December 2014.
  • ‘Supreme Court Judgment in Nicklinson’, convened by Prof Liz Wicks, 5 November, 2014, 3–4.30pm, JGR.

  • ‘Surrogacy and the Court of Justice of the European Union’, presentation by Eugenia Caracciolo di Torella, 12 November, 1–3pm, JGR.

  • ‘Be careful what you wish for: legal parameters of EU withdrawal’, lecture by Prof Adam Lazowski, 19 November, 1–3pm, JGR,
  • ‘A Tale of Three Cities – Law and Growth in Shenzhen, Shanghai and Hong Kong’, seminar by Horace Yeung, 26 November, 1.30–3pm, Fielding Johnson South Wing, Seminar Room 3.

  • ‘Minority right obligations in Europe: when claims of double standards are simply not enough’, by Elyse Wakelyn, 3 December, 1–3.30pm, JGR,.
    The claim that there exist double standards in minority right standards across the European Union Member states is not a new proposal. In 2003, Andrew Moravesik and Milda A Vochudova proposed that ‘the accession process imposes something of a double standards in a handful of areas, chiefly the protection of ethnic minority rights, where candidates have to meet standards that the EU–15 have never set for themselves’ [Andrew Moravesik and Milda A Vochudova., ‘National interests, State Power and EU enlargement’, East European Politics and Societies, 17(1) (2003) 46]. Drawing upon the work of academics such as Andrew Moravesik, Milda A Vochudova and Dimitry Kochenov, this paper proposes that this ‘double standards’ in minority right obligations has evolved into a four–way divide in minority right standards following the CEEC and the present accession processes in Turkey and the Western Balkan states . This is achieved by analysing the different minority right standards that have been required both pre and post accession in some key case studies including Latvia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The author rejects the proposed arguments to explain the difference in minority right standards across the region arguing that the negative effect of these different standards far outweighs any possible justifications.  It is essential that the EU seek to bring accession requirements and membership obligations in line with each other and develop an acquis on the fundamental area of minority rights.

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