Specialisation Course on Protecting National Minorities in the OSCE Area

This specialised training course was designed as a follow-up activity to the Graz Recommendations on Access to Justice and National Minorities, which were issued by the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities in November 2017. The course aims at training the target group in the legal framework as well as the security, peace, and conflict dimension of protecting national minorities, highlighting the most important aspects for this field of work. Special emphasis is put on the development of tools and enhancement of participantsí skills to translate applicable rules and standards to their respective work environments. Peer-to-peer learning and exchange of promising practices is enabled and supported throughout the course.

The course was designed and is implemented in cooperation between the Faculty of Law of the University of Graz, the European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy of the University of Graz (UNI-ETC) and the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR) in the framework of the Conflict-Peace and Democracy Cluster (CPDC). It is organised under the auspices of the OSCE High Commissioner for National Minorities (HCNM) and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

The course targets representatives of national governments, public administration, as well as civil society organisations (CSOs) who work in the realm of protecting national minorities.

The faculty consists of renowned experts in the field. It is predominantly drawn from representatives of the OSCE High Commissioner for National Minorities (HCNM) and other OSCE entities, the University of Graz, and the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR) in Stadtschlaining/Austria, which also provides the course venue.


The cost of participation amounts to 1.330,- per participant. The amount covers tuition and educational materials, local transfer in Austria and full board accommodation in a single room with bath in Hotel Burg Schlaining as well as all expenses linked to the course. For participants coming from non-OECD member states, a limited number of scholarships will be awarded.

Applicants who would like to apply for such a support must indicate this in the respective section of the application form and give reasons for that in their application essay.

However, there is no possibility to get financial support for travel expenses from the organisers!


Applicants for admission must meet the following requirements:

•          Master’s degree or the equivalent in working experience;

•          working knowledge of English;

•          submission of the application form and the required accompanying materials until the application deadline: 28 August 2018

Applicants for admission will be selected on a competitive basis by an admissions committee. Preference is given to applicants whose participation is supported by their Government or one of the OSCE institutions. Applicants will be informed on the decision of the admissions committee.

Applications must be sent until the application deadline (28 August 2018) to Ms. Claudia Hofer:

In case of questions, please contact the project coordinator Ms. Ursula Gamauf:

Programme SC on National Minorities in OSCE area

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