Professor Petra Roter

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Petra Roter has received her PhD from Cambridge University (Centre of International Studies). She is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences. Previously, Petra Roter was a GARNET Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation, University of Warwick, a Junior Research Fellow of Hughes Hall College, University of Cambridge, a DAAD Visiting Research Fellow at the Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, and a Research Associate at the European Centre for Minority Issues. In 2010, she was elected by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers to the list of Independent Experts to serve on the Advisory Committee of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minority. As an independent expert, she has also co-operated with the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities. She has authored, co-authored and co-edited three book, has written numerous book chapters and journal articles. She is a co-editor of the SCI-listed Journal of International Relations and Development, a member of several editorial boards.

Research Expertise and Interests

Her research interests lie primarily in the field of minority protection, ethnic diversity management and international conflict management, including post-conflict reconstruction. She is currently researching the relevance of the existing international regime for the protection of national minorities for the so-called new minorities, the various aspects of the so-called ‘minority problem’, and the impact of international norms on minority protection at the domestic level.


Associate Professor Petra Roter teaches a number of undergraduate and graduate courses on International Relations, Protection of Minorities, Human Rights, International Conflict Management and on academic writing and research. She teaches at the University of Trento (within a joint MA programme in Comparative Local Development) and has taught a part of E.MA’s course on democratization. She supervises BA, MA and Ph.D. theses addressing various ethnic issues.

Key Publications

2011: Minorities, states and international security: the contribution of the Bolzano/Bozen Recommendations to managing the “minority problem”. In: Francesco Palermo and Natalie Sabanadze (eds.): National minorities in inter-state relations. Leiden; Boston: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers: OSCE, pp. 45–61.

2010: Europe: the role of language in nation-building and state-formation processes: some examples from the former Yugoslaw republics. In: Noro Andriamiseza (ed.): La gestió de la diversitat lingüística i els processos de pau, (Collecció Arguments, nú. 1). 1ra ed. Barcelona: Centre UNESCO de Catalunya-Unescocat, pp. 117–138, 223–236, 311–323, 403–416.

2009: editor, with Thomas Volgy, Zlatko Šabič and Andrea K. Gerlak: Mapping the New World Order. Malden; Oxford; Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell; including a book chapter (with Anuška Ferligoj and Andrej Mrvar): State support for human rights treaties, pp. 174–216.

2009: National Minorities in International Relations (in Slovenian). Ljubljana: FDV.

2001: “Locating the “minority problem” in Europe: a historical perspective”; Journal of International Relations and Development 4(3), 221–249.

Non-academic affiliations

Associate Professor Petra Roter serves as an independent expert on minority issues in the Council of Europe, the OSCE HCNM, and in Slovenia.

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