Dr. Petra Roter, Professor

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  • Dr. Petra Roter, Professor
    Phone: +386 1 58 05 384
    Email: is.jl-inu.vdf@retor.artep
    Office Hours:
    Office hours are by appointment - via skype (petra.roter1) or by phone.

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    Undergraduate courses
    Human rihts in practice – Amnesty Academy
    International Protection of Human Rights

    Graduate courses
    European Human Rights Protection
    International Conflict Management
    International Protection of Minorities
    Research Seminar
    Expert sphere:
    Minority protection and ethno-national diversity management, human rights, international institutions (with a focus on international regimes), international norms, conflict management and post-conflict reconstruction
  • Petra Roter is a Professor of International Relations at the University of Ljubljana, and the Head of International Relations department/chair at the Faculty of Social Sciences, where she teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses on, among others, International Protection of Minorities, International Protection of Human Rights, International Conflict Management and Research Seminar in International Relations. She is a senior research fellow at the Centre of International Relations, Faculty of Social Sciences. She holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Cambridge. She was a Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University (Department of Politics and International Studies) during the Michaelmas term in 2017. Previously, she was a GARNET Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation at the University of Warwick, Visiting Research Fellow at the European Centre for Minority Issues in Flensburg (Germany) and a DAAD Fellow at the University of Tübingen (Germany). She is a Visiting Professor at the University of Padova where she teaches a postgraduate course on Human Rights in Practice (on diversity management), MA in Human Rights and Multi-level Governance. She regularly gives lectures on minority rights within the European Master in Human Rights and Democratisation in Venice. She is a member of the board of a joint doctoral programme Human Rights, Society and Multi-level Governance. She is a member of the scientific board of the Minority Rights Institute at the European Research EURAC, Bolzano/Bozen.

    She is Slovenia’s national director for the European Master in Human Rights and Democratisation (Venice; EMA) and she co-ordinates the master programme in International Relations (in English) at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences. She was elected to the European Inter-University Centre's Board (in 2014), and she was a member of the EMA Executive Committee for two terms (until Dec. 2015). She was re-elected to the Academic Curriculum Group in 2019/20.

    She has taught on diversity management, minority protection and democratisation in Venice (EMA), at the University of Padua (MA programme in Human Rights and Multi-Level Governance), and in Trento/Budapest/Regensburg/Ljubljana (MA joint degree programme in Comparative Local Development).

    She has written and co-edited books on minority protection, integration as applicable to new minorities, human rights protection and on the mapping of the new world order (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009, with T. Volgy, Z. Šabič and A. Gerlak). She has authored articles in the Journal of International Relations and Development, the Parliamentary Affairs, the Mediterranean Politics, the International Journal on Minority and Group Rights, the European Yearbook of Minority Issues, the Croatian International Relations Review, the Mediterranean Quarterly and Treatises and Documents. She has contributed book chapters to volumes published by Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Routledge, Palgrave, Brill. She co-ordinated several EU-funded research projects at the Centre of International Relations, University of Ljubljana, and is a member of several editorial boards (European Journal of International Relations, Treatises and Documents, European Yearbook of Minority Issues). She served as a co-editor of the Journal of International Relations and Development (a SSCI-listed journal).

    As an independent expert, she has co-operated with the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, the Council of Europe and the UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues. She has been elected to the Advisory Committee of the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities as an inpendent expert in respect of Slovenia. In November 2014, she was elected as the First Vice President of the Advisory Committee (for a period of two years), and in October 2016, she was elected as the President of the Advisory Committee for the period of two years (2016-2018). The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has elected her to serve on the Advisory Committee in her second (and final ) 4-year term. She was a member of the Human Rights Commission in Slovenia and she served as an independent expert in a working group on minority protection in Slovenia.

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    Selected new publications:

    Petra Roter: Russia and the Council of Europe: Participation a la carte. In: Lauri Mälksoo and Wolfgang Benedek, eds., Russia and the European Court of Human Rights: The Strasbourg Effect. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 26-56, forthcoming in 2018.

    Petra Roter: Voting rights of minorities and the role of ethnicity in elections in the post-Yugoslav space. In: Helen Hardman and Brice Dickson, eds., Electoral rights in Europe: advances and challenges. Abingdon, New York: Routledge, pp. 69-91, 2017.

    Zlatko Šabič, Ana Bojinović Fenko and Petra Roter: Small states and parliamentary diplomacy: Slovenia and the Mediterranean. Mediterranean Quarterly 27(4), 42-60, 2016.

    Petra Roter and Ana Bojinović Fenko: Parliamentarisation in a Post-Conflict Context: The Kosovo Assembly Support Initiative, Parliamentary Affairs (AOP: November 11, 2014;  http://pa.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/recent), Abstract: "The purpose of this article is to analyse collaboration in the process of post-conflict reconstruction in Kosovo. Based on extensive empirical research, we focus on the parliamentarisation in Kosovo in the context of a multi-stakeholder partnership (MSP). We investigate the creation, operation and effects of co-operation within an MSP called the Kosovo Assembly Support Initiative (ASI). This MSP is relevant for the study of parliamentary affairs because of its goals to help in the creation of a functioning national parliament, but also because several other national parliaments contributed to this goal within the broader post-conflict peace-building in Kosovo."
    This research has been awarded the ARRS Odlični v znanosti (Excellent in Science) award for 2014.

    Petra Roter: Minority Children and Education in the Work of the Advisory Committee. International Journal on Minority and Group Rights 22 (2): 202–231, 2015 (http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/15718115-02202004).

    Petra Roter: International-local Linkages in Multi-stakeholder Partnerships Involved in Reconciliation, Inter-communal Bridge-building and Confidence-building. Croatian International Relations Review 21(72): 139–166, 2015 (http://hrcak.srce.hr/index.php?show=clanak&id_clanak_jezik=199124).

    Petra Roter and Zlatko Šabič:
    Sporočilnost macbridovega poročila v pogojih (ne)spreminjajoče se (ne) demokratičnosti mednarodne skupnosti (The MacBride's Report and its key messages in the context of the (non-) changing (non-)democratic international community). Javnost - The Public: Journal of the European Institute for Communication and Culture 22(Supplement 1): S102-S111, 2015 (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/13183222.2015.1129211).
    Abstract: The article seeks to address the relevancy of the MacBride Report for international relations. It does so in the context of factors that can influence the development of a more democratic international community. Deriving from the structure of the contemporary international community, the article demonstrates that this community has developed asymmetrically, in spite of the unprecedented development in the fields of science and technology. As the international community is characterised by competition for influence, and the inability to implement solidarity, numerous problems remain unresolved. In such circumstances, the benefits of communications and information technology are just as conflictual as they were at the time of the writing of the MacBride Report. Instead of using technology to eliminate inequality, including through the work of international organisations, technology tends to be used by states and new (non-state) actors such as multinational companies, to strengthen their positions. This only reinforces the gap between the developed and the poor. The key messages of the MacBride Report are therefore just as relevant today as they were 35 years ago.

    Petra Roter: Minority Rights in the Context of the EU Enlargement: a Decade Later, Razprave in gradivo/Treatises and Documents 73, 2014.

    Miran Komac and Petra Roter: The autonomy arrangement in Slovenia: an established institutional framework dependent on implementation of minority protection, in Managing Diversity through Non-Territorial Autonomy: Assessing Advantages, Deficiencies and Risks, edited by Tove H. Malloy, Alexander Osipov, and Balázs Vizi, Oxford University Press, 2015.

    Personal bibliography