Constitutional Pioneers

Read about the sixth annual International Association of Language Commissioners Conference, held June 26-27 in Toronto, Canada.

Presentation of the Collective book: Constitutional Pioneers, Language Commissioners and the Protection of  Official, Minority and Indigenous Languages, published and released for this conference.

Launched during the IALC’s sixth Annual Conference, held In Toronto on June 27 and 27, 2019, Constitutional Pioneers is an edited volume on the role, function and methods of Language Commissioners worldwide. Composed of contributions from both academics and practitioners, this two-part volume combines theory with practice in its analysis of these new actors designed to protect the rights of linguistic minorities around the world. The first section of the book places these Language Commissioners firmly in the legislative and institutional framework in which they must operate, and examines the challenges that sometimes stem from working within this framework. The second section presents case studies by members of the International Association of Language Commissioners, which demonstrate the various approaches, success stories and challenges they encounter in carrying out their mandates.

This collaborative volume is an original contribution to the study of Language Commissioners and will be of great value to anyone interested in the protection of linguistic minorities and language rights. It will also be of general interest to researchers, students and practitioners in the field of human rights, political science, public administration and governance.

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