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Access_open The Potential of Positive Obligations Against Romaphobic Attitudes and in the Development of ‘Roma Pride’

Journal Erasmus Law Review, Issue 3 2020
Keywords Roma, Travellers, positive obligations, segregation, culturally adequate accommodation
Authors Lilla Farkas and Theodoros Alexandridis
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    The article analyses the jurisprudence of international tribunals on the education and housing of Roma and Travellers to understand whether positive obligations can change the hearts and minds of the majority and promote minority identities. Case law on education deals with integration rather than cultural specificities, while in the context of housing it accommodates minority needs. Positive obligations have achieved a higher level of compliance in the latter context by requiring majorities to tolerate the minority way of life in overwhelmingly segregated settings. Conversely, little seems to have changed in education, where legal and institutional reform, as well as a shift in both majority and minority attitudes, would be necessary to dismantle social distance and generate mutual trust. The interlocking factors of accessibility, judicial activism, European politics, expectations of political allegiance and community resources explain jurisprudential developments. The weak justiciability of minority rights, the lack of resources internal to the community and dual identities among the Eastern Roma impede legal claims for culture-specific accommodation in education. Conversely, the protection of minority identity and community ties is of paramount importance in the housing context, subsumed under the right to private and family life.


Lilla Farkas
Lilla Farkas is a practising lawyer in Hungary and recently earned a PhD from the European University Institute entitled ‘Mobilising for racial equality in Europe: Roma rights and transnational justice’. She is the race ground coordinator of the European Union’s Network of Legal Experts in Gender Equality and Non-discrimination.

Theodoros Alexandridis
Theodoros Alexandridis is a practicing lawyer in Greece.
PhD Review

‘Romani Women in European Politics: Exploring Multi-Layered Political Spaces for Intersectional Policies and Mobilizations’

PhD by Serena D’Agostino (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), supervisors: Karen Celis, Ilke Adam.

Journal Politics of the Low Countries, Issue 2 2019
Authors Peter Vermeersch
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Peter Vermeersch
KU Leuven.
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Federalization through Rights in the EU

A Legal Opportunities Approach

Journal European Journal of Law Reform, Issue 2-3 2018
Keywords EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, Federalization, Integration, Legal change, Legal opportunities, Litigation, Scope of application
Authors Marie-Pierre Granger
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    While academic contributions abound on the reach and impact of the European Union (EU) system of fundamental rights protection, and notably on the desirability of a more or less extensive control of Member States’ actions in light of the rights protected by the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, there have been few attempts to explain the dynamics of integration-through-rights in the EU. This article proposes an explanatory framework inspired by a legal opportunities approach, which emphasizes the relevance of national and EU legal opportunities, and interactions between them, in determining the actual scope and pace of federalization through rights in the EU. It suggests that the weaker the legal opportunities for fundamental rights protection are at the domestic level, the greater the federalizing pressure is, and call for more empirical comparative studies to test this framework out.


Marie-Pierre Granger
Associate Professor, Central European University, Budapest. The development of the conceptual framework proposed in this article was inspired by empirical studies on France and Hungary carried out within the EU-funded project ‘bEUcitizen: barriers towards EU Citizenship’ under the FP7 programme (Grant agreement 320294). This volume (The EU Bill of Rights' Diagonal Application to Member States. Ed. Csongor István Nagy) was published as part of the research project of the HAS-Szeged Federal Markets `Momentum' Research Group.
Essay

Omgaan met religie en religieuze diversiteit in een geseculariseerde samenleving

Actuele pijnpunten, uitdagingen en perspectieven

Journal Res Publica, Issue 2 2010
Authors Patrick Loobuyck and Leni Franken
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Patrick Loobuyck
Patrick Loobuyck (1974) is docent verbonden aan het Centrum Pieter Gillis van de Universiteit Antwerpen en gastdocent verbonden aan de Vakgroep Wijsbegeerte en Moraalwetenschappen van de Universiteit Gent. Zijn recent onderzoek gaat over de filosofische grondslagen van de kerk-staatverhoudingen, multiculturalisme en public reason.

Leni Franken
Leni Franken studeerde wijsbegeerte en godsdienstwetenschappen. Momenteel is ze als onderzoeksmedewerkster verbonden aan het Centrum Pieter Gillis, waarin ze een proefschrift in de politieke filosofie voorbereidt. Haar onderzoek is voornamelijk gericht op de verhouding tussen kerk en staat, de neutraliteit van de overheid, multiculturalisme en de organisatie van levensbeschouwelijk onderwijs.
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Opkomstplicht in Vlaanderen: een gespreide slagorde?

Onderzoek naar de gelaagdheid van houdingen ten aanzien van de opkomstplicht

Journal Res Publica, Issue 1 2010
Keywords compulsory voting, Belgium, turnout, multi level context
Authors Dries Verlet, Ann Carton and Marc Callens
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    Belgium is one of the advanced Western democracies with compulsory voting. There is continuing scholarly and societal debate on this feature of the electoral system, however, both form a normative and an empirical perspective. One argument in favor of compulsory voting is that it more or less guarantees the inclusion of all citizens of the political system, at least at election time. This paper addresses this argument in an empirical way on the basis of a 2007 survey from Flanders, by analyzing the potential drop outs at various layers of the political system and in different geographical locations in the case of the abolition of compulsory voting. It concludes that without the system of compulsory voting some particular groups of citizens will turn out in lower numbers than other groups. In the explanation of these diverging levels of turnout individual level characteristics are most important, e.g. political powerlessness, level of education, gender, age, as well as societal involvement and political preference. As a result of the abolition of compulsory voting the Flemish electorate will show itself in a differing electoral order of battle.


Dries Verlet
Dries Verlet (1977) is doctor in de politieke en sociale wetenschappen (Universiteit Gent) en sinds eind 2007 adviseur beleidsevaluatie aan de Studiedienst van de Vlaamse Regering. Daarnaast is hij ook actief als gastdocent aan de Hogeschool Gent (Departement Handelswetenschappen en Bestuurskunde). Tot 2007 was hij doctor-assistent aan de Universiteit Gent. Zijn onderzoek en onderwijs omvat de volgende onderzoeksdomeinen: beleidsevaluatie, methodologie, statistiek, politieke participatie en subjectief welzijn.

Ann Carton
Ann Carton is doctor in de sociale wetenschappen (K.U.Leuven, departement Sociologie) en is momenteel adviseur-coördinator van het Team kwaliteit statistiek, survey, toekomstverkenningen en beleidsevaluatie op de Studiedienst van de Vlaamse Regering. Ze is eveneens verantwoordelijk voor de organisatie van en kwaliteitszorg over de survey ‘Sociaal-culturele verschuivingen in Vlaanderen’ en de contactpersoon voor ISSP (International Social Survey Programme) in Vlaanderen.

Marc Callens
Marc Callens (1958) is als senior onderzoeker verbonden aan de Studiedienst van de Vlaamse Regering. Hij promoveerde aan de Katholieke Universiteit Leuven op een onderzoek naar multiniveau logistische regressie. Hij doet voornamelijk onderzoek naar toegepaste statistiek, kwaliteit van het leven, armoededynamiek en surveymethodologie.
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