Günther Rautz

Günther Rautz

Günther Rautz

Head of Institute
Institute for Minority Rights

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  • Human Rights
  • Minority Protection
  • Cultural Diversity

Günther Rautz was born in 1968 in German and Slovene speaking Carinthia — a region in Austria that illustrates the richness and the many-layered complexity of European diversity. For more than 2 decades, he has lived in the trilingual region of South Tyrol (Italy). Since 1997 he has been a Senior Researcher at the European Academy Bolzano/Bozen where he is Head of the Institute for Minority Rights. The institute provides policy advice in minority issues particularly in Europe but also around the globe, including in Asia, where Günther Rautz is coordinating Human Rights projects, such as advising Tibetans in living in exile. He was also teaching at the University of Temeschwar/Timişoara (Romania) and till 2017 he was General Secretary of MIDAS — a European umbrella organisation bringing together over 30 dailies published in a regional or minority language. On European level he was author of the Commentaries in German and English of the CoE-Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, he drafted some recommendations of the European Citizen Initiative “Minority Safepack Initiative (MSPI)” presented to the European Commission by FUEN and covered the minority media sector of the OSCE-HCNM joint Report on “Mapping Integration Indicators. A Reference Tool for Evaluating the Implementation of Ljubljana Guidelines-based Policy”.


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