Law School Academic partners with the Tom Lantos Institute in Budapest

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International Law Reader Dr Gaetano Pentassuglia has been appointed to the Advisory Board of the newly launched Yearbook on Human Rights and Identity to be published by the end of 2017 by Martinus Nijhoff Publishers under the auspices of the prestigious The Tom Lantos Institute (TLI) in Budapest.  

The aim of the Yearbook, the very first of its kind, is to present a publication of high academic quality and standing, offering new and stimulating research by prominent authors focusing on the interface between minority groups and human rights and identity politics. This high profile publication is intended to provide a forum for discussion on crucial themes of regional and global importance in accordance with the TLI’s flagship programmes, including Jewish life and Anti-Semitism, Roma rights, and the human rights of minority groups more broadly.   

In addressing challenging questions at the intersection of human rights and identity politics, the Yearbook will employ a multidisciplinary approach through the contributions of human rights scholars and practitioners, legal scholars, political scientists, historians, sociologists, social-psychologists and anthropologists.

The Yearbook carries forward the legacy of the late US Congressman, Tom Lantos, who achieved great renown as a leading champion of Human Rights in the USA and throughout the world. Tom Lantos survived the Holocaust in Hungary and was the only Holocaust-survivor ever elected to the US legislature.

Gaetano’s appointment will enable him to team up with TLI to explore new and innovative lines of research and/or public engagement. Gaetano has been a leading contributor to TLI’s popular Global Summer School, together with the UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues and other academics and practitioners from Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

In addition to joining the Yearbook’s Advisory Board, Gaetano will contribute a keynote 12,000 word piece looking at the conceptual continuities and discontinuities in understanding the relationship between group identities and human rights.

Gaetano is currently in discussions with TLI about further collaborative initiatives to be held in Budapest or Liverpool in the near future.