Petra Roter is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Ljubljana, where she teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses on, among others, International Relations, International Protection of Minorities, International Protection of Human Rights and International Conflict Management. 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 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). Between September and December 2017, she was a Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University (Department of Politics and International Studies - POLIS).
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 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 co-ordinated several EU-funded research projects at the Centre of International Relations, University of Ljubljana, and is a member of several editorial boards (Journal of Human Security, Treatises and Documents, European Yearbook of Minority Issues, Central European Journal of International and Security Studies). She has been a member of the Editorial Committee of the European Journal of International Relations (since 2017). 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. She was President of the Advisory Committee of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (She was elected (in respect of Slovenia) to the Advisory Committee as an independent expert. In November 2014, she was elected the First Vice President of the Advisory Committee (for a period of two years), and in October 2016, she was elected as President of the Advisory Committee for the period of two years (2016-2018).) 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.