SPEAKERS

Xan Aire

Xan Aire

Seaska Association of Basque Schools

Coordinator of the Seaska Linguistic Project. Amateur sociolinguistic spokesperson for Ipar Euskal Herria (Northern Basque Country), led by the association Euskaltzaleen Topagunea, especially through workshops in both Basque and French (with young people, parents, teachers, facilitators, students of Basque, expert administrative teams, elected officials, etc.). Member of the society for the promotion of Basque Adur in the Aldudes valley, and member of the association for linguistic cooperation Garabide.

François Alfonsi

François Alfonsi

President of the European Free Alliance/EFA party

Corsican politician, member of the Partitu di a Nazione Corsa (Party of the Corsican Nation). Member of the European Parliament 2009 – 2014 and Rapporteur for the Resolution on Endangered European Languages and Linguistic Diversity, adopted by the European Parliament in 2013.

Estibaliz Amorrortu

Estibaliz Amorrortu

University of Deusto

Sociolinguist in Basque studies, working in the field of linguistic attitudes towards the Basque language. Lead researcher on the project New Basque speakers. Member of the UNESCO Chair on World Language Heritage and of COST Action IS130 "New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe".

Mikel Arregi

Mikel Arregi

Euskarabidea - Basque Language Institute of Navarre, Government of Navarre

Has worked in Basque promotion services in the Autonomous Community of Navarre for more than 25 years. He worked in the Directorate General of Linguistic Policy of the Government of Navarre, and since 2007 has worked in the autonomous organisation Euskarabidea, where he has been Managing Director since 2015.

Xabier Arzoz

Xabier Arzoz

University of the Basque Country

Head Professor of Administrative Law at the University of the Basque Country. Expert in Spanish and European administrative law, fundamental rights, regional law and linguistic rights, and has published more than 100 papers in this field.

Patxi Baztarrika

Patxi Baztarrika

Deputy Minister for Linguistic Policy, Basque Government

Holds a degree in Philosophy and Educational Science (University of the Basque Country). Head of the Basque Normalisation Service in Andoain City  Council (on leave of absence), and is currently Deputy Minister of Linguistic Policy for the Basque Government, a position he also held from 2005 to 2009. President of NPLD. He has been a member of the General Assemblies of Gipuzkoa, head of the General Deputy’s Office of Gipuzkoa, and city councillor of San Sebastian. His publications include the book Babel o barbarie.

Paul Bilbao

Paul Bilbao

KONTSEILUA, Council of Social Organizations of the Basque Language

After working in the Behatokia Observatory of Linguistic Rights, in 2010 he became Secretary General of KONTSEILUA, the organization which leads the Protocol to Ensure Linguistic Rights. He is vice-president of the European Language Equality Network (ELEN).

Siv Björklund

Siv Björklund

University of Vaasa

Centre for Immersion and Plurilingualism of the University of Vaasa. Acquisition of multiple languages, immersion and integration of language and content. Founding co-editor of the Journal of Immersion and Content-Based Language Education.

Ewa Chylinski

Ewa Chylinski

ECMI - European Centre for Minority Issues

Ewa Chyllinski is an expert in the field of nationalities and minorities. Georgian, she has been de ECMI director for the Caucasus area and has developed a number of projects for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). She has worked extensively in projects related to the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages, on which she has published a number of works.

Vesna Crnic-Grotic

Vesna Crnic-Grotic

Chair of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

Professor at the University of Rijeka (Croatia). Expert in international law and human rights. Member of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages since 1998 and chair since 2013.

Joaquim Dolz

Joaquim Dolz

University of Geneva

Professor of Language Didactics and Teacher Training. Expert on multilingual education, former advisor to the Department of Education of the Canton of Geneva and of the Government of Andorra on planning their multilingual system.

Robert Dunbar

Robert Dunbar

University of Edinburgh

Professor of Celtic Languages. Expert on the rights of minorities, particularly linguistic minorities, and expert on the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. He has advised governments on language legislation, including that for Welsh and Scottish Gaelic.

Itziar Elorza

Itziar Elorza

University of the Basque Country

Specialist in language teaching in bi-/multilingual minority language settings. Former Head of Languages at the Federation of Ikastolas (Basque medium schools): design, implementation and evaluation of their integrated multilingual curriculum for Basque, Spanish, English and French.

Iñaki Etxezarreta

Iñaki Etxezarreta

Advisory Council for the Basque Language

Director of Aritzmendi Ikastola, a Basque educational cooperative in the Leintz valley. Main challenge: to jointly construct a new model of cooperative education in the Leintz valley, in Gipuzkoa and in the other Basque towns, with the collaboration of international actors. The model will train competent and cooperative Basque people who drive forward social transformation.

Elin H. G. Jones

Elin H. G. Jones

Aberystwyth University

Professor in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies. Director of the Mercator Institute for Media, Languages and Culture and of the Centre for Cultural Translation. Specialist in the Welsh context.

Itziar Idiazabal

Itziar Idiazabal

UNESCO Chair of World Language Heritage of the University of the Basque Country

Coordinator of the UNESCO Chair on World Language Heritage of the University of the Basque Country since 2007. Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Basque Studies. Co-author of the Report on the World’s Languages (2006).

Irmgarda Kasinskaite-Buddeberg

Irmgarda Kasinskaite-Buddeberg

UNESCO, Communication and Information Sector

Doctor of Communication and Information. Programme Specialist, coordinates UNESCO projects such as, among others, the Promotional Strategy for multilingualism in cyberspace, and the New UNESCO Atlas of the World’s Languages.

Frank La Rue

Frank La Rue

Assistant Director General of the Communication and Information Sector of UNESCO

Has spent more than 25 years promoting human rights. Founder of the Centre for Legal Action on Human Rights (CALDH). Special Rapporteur for the UN Organisation for the Right to Freedom of Expression since 2014.

Tove H. Malloy

Tove H. Malloy

Director of ECMI - European Centre for Minority Issues

Specialist in the political and legal aspects of the rights of national minorities. Member of the Advisory Committee of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. Advisor to the European Council, the OSCE and the European Commission.

Sixto Molina

Sixto Molina

Executive Secretary of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

Sixto Molina holds a degree in Law and Economics, and after working in the United Nations and the European Commission, has spent 20 years in the European Council in various roles. He currently manages the Secretariat of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.

Ane Ortega

Ane Ortega

Begoñako Andra Mari Teacher Training University College

Lecturer in Language Education, whe works in multilingual programmes. Member of the UNESCO Chair on World Language Heritage and of COST Action  IS130 "New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe". Coordinator of the European Language Diversity Forum.

Joan Pujolar

Joan Pujolar

Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

President of the Catalan Society of Sociolinguistics. Vice-chair of the ISCH COST Action IS1306 “New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe”. He has carried out research on the young and on muda processes that turn them into active users of a minority language.

Fernando Ramallo

Fernando Ramallo

Committee of Experts of the European Charter of Regional or Minority Languages

Doctor in Linguistics. Professor at Vigo University. Corresponding member of the Royal Galician Academy. Sociolinguist, expert on linguistic minoritisation processes and their political, social, cultural and linguistic consequences.

Sabrina Rasom

Sabrina Rasom

Vice chair of the NPLD (Network for the Promotion of Language Diversity)

Head of the Unit of Language and Culture at the Comun General de Fascia, Trento, working on the promotion of Ladin. Vice-Chair of the NPLD, working on their 2020 Strategy, which proposes a European Roadmap for Linguistic Diversity.

Suzanne Romaine

Suzanne Romaine

University of Oxford

Renowned globally for her work on the history of languages and sociolinguistics, Susanne Romaine is a Pioneer in tying linguistic diversity with sustainability, and specifically with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Eduardo Ruiz Vieytez

Eduardo Ruiz Vieytez

University of Deusto

Dean of the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities. Director of the Institute of Human Rights for 15 years. Coordinator of INTEGRIM. Independent expert on missions under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.

Jon Sarasua

Jon Sarasua

Mondragon University

Bertso singer, thinker, writer, Doctor of Information Sciences, professor in the Faculty of Humanities and Education, and member of the LANKI Institute of Cooperative Studies of Mondragon University. Founder and vice-chair of Garabide, an NGO for linguistic cooperation.

Miquel Strubell

Miquel Strubell

Linguapax International

Former head of Linguistic Policy of the Government of Catalonia, director of the Catalan Sociolinguistic Institute and professor of Plurilingualism of the UOC. Advisor on linguistic matters to the European Union, the OSCE and the Council of Europe. Researcher on school and family bilingualism.

Jordi Suïls

Jordi Suïls

University of Lleida

Specialist in Aranese-Occitan sociolinguistics, dialectology, and the Aranese multilingual educational system. Member of the Institute of Aranese Studies.

Enlli M. Thomas

Enlli M. Thomas

Bangor University

Expert on the psycholinguistics of acquiring bilingualism with minority languages. Researcher of Welsh L2 in children in both school settings and social use outside of school.

Carles Torner

Carles Torner

PEN International

Dr Carles Torner has been linked to PEN International for the last decades and today is its Executive Director. He was the president of the Commission for Translation and Linguistic Rights of the Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights and thus closely involved in the process of the creation of this declaration. Former director of the Deparment of Literature of Ramon Llul institute, he has written extensively on freedom of expression.

Nils Torvalds

Nils Torvalds

MEP, Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe-ALDE

Member of the Svenska Folkpartiet of Finland, he is a member of teh Swedish minority of this country. He is one of the presidents of the Intergroup for Traditional Minorities, National Communities and Languages of the European Parliament.

Belen Uranga

Belen Uranga

Sociolinguistics Cluster

Expert on Basque sociolinguistics and linguistic diversity, she pursues her professional work within the Sociolinguistics Cluster. Coordinator of the sociolinguistics magazine BAT. Member of the UNESCO Chair on World Language Heritage.

Iñigo Urrutia

Iñigo Urrutia

University of the Basque Country

Doctor in Law and professor of Administrative Law at the University of the Basque Country. He has researched in a number of areas such as the environment, human rights and minorities, and most notably on the relation between human rights and legislation. His doctoral thesis focused on human rights and educational sytems.