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Mobilising for racial equality in Europe - Roma rights and transnational justice

Dates:
  • Mon 20 Apr 2020 16.30 - 18.30
  Add to Calendar 2020-04-20 16:30 2020-04-20 18:30 Europe/Paris Mobilising for racial equality in Europe - Roma rights and transnational justice

The thesis provides a transnational account of Roma rights activism over the last thirty years with a focus on five Central and Eastern European countries, where the majority of the European Union’s Roma live. It contributes to scholarly debate by (i) mapping (racial) equality related legal opportunities (ii) taking stock of legally focused non governmental organisations; (iii) charting legal mobilisation in courts and enforcement agencies; (iv) presenting an alternative account of the transplantation of public interest litigation, and (v) mapping the middle between dominant and critical narratives about the Open Society Foundations and white Europeans in the Roma rights field. Finding that international advocacy and litigation alone have been in sufficient to generate social change, the thesis highlights the salience of indigenous practices. It points to the shortcomings of the elitist conception of legal mobilisation labelled as strategic litigation in Europe that is characterised by top down planned legal action and a focus on (internationally) legally focused NGOs. The thesis proposes to shift the limelight to the financial resources of to the proper understanding of collective action, and the necessity of investigating the way i n which private as well as public resources can be used to promote racial equality in general and Roma rights in particular. By scrutinising the race critique and pointing to its conflation with the critique of litigation that has long plagued anti racist movements across the Atlantic the thesis seeks out a path between liberal internationalism and ethno nationalism by acknowledging and celebrating the transnational and interracial traits of Roma rights activism.

This thesis defence will be held online via ZOOM. People interested to attend should contact Hélène Debuire Franchini

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The thesis provides a transnational account of Roma rights activism over the last thirty years with a focus on five Central and Eastern European countries, where the majority of the European Union’s Roma live. It contributes to scholarly debate by (i) mapping (racial) equality related legal opportunities (ii) taking stock of legally focused non governmental organisations; (iii) charting legal mobilisation in courts and enforcement agencies; (iv) presenting an alternative account of the transplantation of public interest litigation, and (v) mapping the middle between dominant and critical narratives about the Open Society Foundations and white Europeans in the Roma rights field. Finding that international advocacy and litigation alone have been in sufficient to generate social change, the thesis highlights the salience of indigenous practices. It points to the shortcomings of the elitist conception of legal mobilisation labelled as strategic litigation in Europe that is characterised by top down planned legal action and a focus on (internationally) legally focused NGOs. The thesis proposes to shift the limelight to the financial resources of to the proper understanding of collective action, and the necessity of investigating the way i n which private as well as public resources can be used to promote racial equality in general and Roma rights in particular. By scrutinising the race critique and pointing to its conflation with the critique of litigation that has long plagued anti racist movements across the Atlantic the thesis seeks out a path between liberal internationalism and ethno nationalism by acknowledging and celebrating the transnational and interracial traits of Roma rights activism.

This thesis defence will be held online via ZOOM. People interested to attend should contact Hélène Debuire Franchini


Location:
Outside EUI premises -

Affiliation:
Department of Law

Type:
Thesis defence

Defendant:
Lilla Farkas (EUI - Law)

Examiner:
Professor of Law Colm O'Cinneide (UCL Faculty of Laws)
Scott Cummings (UCLA)
Prof. Bruno de Witte (EUI - Law Department)

Supervisor:
Prof. Claire Kilpatrick (EUI - Law Department)

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