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Japan Consorthium fro Area Studies and the 21st Century Program
SRC Winter Symposium 2004 (Jan.)
SRC Summer Symposium 2004
International Symposium: Where Are Slavic Eurasian Studies Headed in the 21st Century?
International Conference, "The Status Law Syndrome"
Agreement with the Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre of the University of Oxford Program
Foreign Visitors Fellowship Program
The 21st Century COE Foreign Visitors Fellowship Program
Commemorative Lecture and Farewell Party for Professor INOUE Koichi's Retirement
Welcoming Mr. MAEDA Hirotake
Our Current Staff
Ongoing Cooperative Research Projects
Guest Lectures from Abroad
Visitors from Abroad
Publications (2003-04)
The Library
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At a Memorial Party
INOUE Koichi
Victor Shnirelman
Paul Werth

International Conference, "The Status Law Syndrome: Post-Communist Nation-Building or Post-Modern Citizenship?" in Budapest

The Slavic Research Center organized the International conference, entitled "The Status Law Syndrome: Post-Communist Nation-Building or Post-Modern Citizenship?" in Budapest on 14-16, October 2004, involving the three co-organizers in Hungary — Institute of Legal Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Minority Studies Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and Teleki László Institute — and the 21st Century COE Program, Making a Discipline of Slavic Eurasian Studies.

The international conference was prepared, firstly, by one of the research projects of the SRC, "Local Society Formation in Eastern Europe and the Enlarging EU," and, secondly, by the international cooperation for publishing the book entitled "The Hungarian Status Law: Nation Building and/or Minority Protection," Ebetween the SRC and the three Hungarian research institutes. The book itself, having been published as the fourth volume of the series Slavic Eurasian Studies of the COE Program, and available now for anyone to read on the website of the SRC <>, was an eventual pre-conference of the international conference, since the majority of the volume's contributors — the book, otherwise, consists of 19 articles, chronology, almost 30 important documents, bibliography, and index — were, at the same time, the main part of the participants of the conference.

The Budapest conference invited a total of 24 speakers, scholars and specialists from various regions of the world: Europe, North America and South and East Asia, altogether 12 countries, Austria, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Hungary, Japan, Netherlands, Romania, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States, including those participants who involved themselves in the conference via the open policy of a call for papers for the conference. This policy worked successfully, resulting in imaginative and fresh ideas suggested by the young voluntary scholars. In addition, the conference served for the first time as a comprehensive international academic occasion specializing in the status law syndrome, and every participant was inspired by some new ideas and perspectives through the discussions in the conference. The organizers were very happy, afterwards receiving not a few letters form the participants with comments such as "it really was one of the best conferences I've ever been to, because everyone was genuinely interested in and knowledgeable about the subject and the conference was sufficiently focused on a few issues that we could really make some progress" (B. Fowler).

budapest The organizers are especially pleased that the conference motivated the participation of, first of all, the specialists working at the international agencies on the issue of minority questions, such as the OSCE or Office for National and Ethnic Minorities. Besides, many students came to the conference from the local universities, including Central European University and Eötvös Lóránd University. Additionally, the local media were also interested in the international event: for example, the Duna TV, a Hungarian TV network for international broadcasting, produced a 10 minute program on the conference in the evening of 18 October 2004, also available on the website The Magyar Nemzet, one of the most popular newspapers in Hungary, carried a two-page long article on the conference on 30 October 2004.

The papers given to the conference will be the essays of the second volume on the topic of the status law syndrome. The editorial work is now on-going, and the book is expected to be published in spring 2005 by the SRC. The editors are the same as the previous one, that is, Zoltán Kántor, Teleki László Institute, Balázs Majtényi, Institute of Legal studies, Balázs Vizi, Minority Studies Institute, Iván Halász, Institute of Legal Studies, and Osamu Ieda, the SRC.

Last, but not least, the international conference could be successful thanks to the local logistic work conducted by Anna Osváth and Orsolya Szabó Minority Studies Institute, Hungary and Masayoshi Hata and Kumi Mouri at the SRC in Japan.

IEDA Osamu

Speakers of the Symposium

Brigid Fowler (University of Birmingham)
"The Status Law in European Context"

Zoltán Kántor (Teleki Institute, Budapest)
"The Uses (and misuses) of the Concept of Nation in the ECE 'Status Laws'"

Stephen Deets (Miami University of Ohio)
"The Hungarian Status Law and the Spectre of Neo-Medievalism in Europe"

Walter Kemp (Office of the Secretary General of the OSCE, Vienna)
"The Triadic Nexus: Lessons Learned from the Status Law"

Judit Tóth (Minority Studies Institute, HAS, Budapest)
"Kin-Minority, Kin-State and Neighbourhood Policy in the Enlarged EU"

Herbert Küpper (Institute for East European Law, München)
"From the Status Law to the Initiative for Dual Citizenship: Aspects of Domestic Hungarian and International Law"

Balázs Majtényi (Insf Legal Studies, HAS, Budapest)
"Utilitarism in Minority Protection (Status Laws and International Organizations)"

Stroschein (Weatherhead Center, Harvard University, Cambr)
"Weber, Territory, and the Sta Time for New Assumptions?"

Zsuzsa Csergõ and James M. Golgeier (George Washington University, Washington D.C.)
"Virtual Nationalism in Comparative Context: How Unique is the Hungarian Approach?"

Iván Halász (Institute of Legal Studies, HAS, Budapest)
"Models of Kin-Minority Protection in Eastern and Central Europe"

Amitabh Singh (Jawharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)
"Hungarian Status Law: A Model for Kin-Minority Protection in Post Communist Societies"

Natsuko Oka (Institute of Developing Economies, Chiba, Japan)
"Kin-Minority Protection in Central Asia"

Osamu Ieda (SRC)
"Ideological Background of the Status Law Controversy in Hungary"

Tjeerd de Graaf (Frisian Academy, Ljouwert/Leeuwarden, The Netherlands)
"The Specific Situation of Ethnic Minority Group in the Soviet Union. The Mennonites and their Relation with the Netherlands Germany, Poland and Russia"

Nigel Swain (The University of Liverpool, Liverpool)
"The Innocence of Article Eighteen, Paragraph Two, Subsection E."

András László Pap (Kodolányi College, Székesfehérvár, Hungary)
"Minority Rights and Diaspora Claims: Collision and Interdependence"

George Schöpflin (University College London)
"Beyond the Status Law: Hungary and the EU"

Gabriel von Toggenburg (European Academy, Bolzano/Bozen)
"What Status for 'Status Laws' in the Postnational EU Market?"

Balázs Vizi (Minority Studies Institute, HAS, Budapest)
"Cross-border Minority Protection and European Integration"

Helge Hornburg (Faculty of Law, Technical University, Dresden)
"The Relationship of Kin-State/Kin-Minority Legislation and European Community Law, Especially the Prohibition of Discrimination"

Constantin Iordachi (Central European University, Budapest)
"Dual Citizenship and National Policies in Post-Communist East-Central Europe: A Comparison between Hungary, Romania, and the Republic of Moldova"

Özgür-Baklacioglu Nurcan (Faculty of Political Science, Istanbul University)
"Migration, Dual Citizenship and Nation-Building in Post-Cold-War Bulgaria and Turkey"

Gábor Kardos (ELTE, Budapest)
"Prospect for Kin-States?"

László Szarka (Minority Studies Institute, HAS, Budapest)
"Slovak Reactions to the Hungarian Status Law"

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