Constitutional Pioneers

The IALC’s first collaborative publication was proudly launched during the sixth Annual General Conference of the Association held on 26–7 June in Toronto, Canada. Our hope is that Constitutional Pioneers: Language Commissioners and the Protection of Official, Minority and Indigenous Languages (Éditions Yvon Blais, 2019) will be a significant contribution towards the IALC’s mission to inform people, governments and policy-makers worldwide about the strategic importance of language commissioners in the protection and promotion of languages and their speakers.

About the book

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 part places the Language Commissioners firmly in the legislative and institutional framework in which they must operate, and examines the challenges which sometimes derive from it. The second part presents a series of 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 volume is an original contribution to the study of Language Commissioners and will be of great value to anybody interested in the protection of linguistic minorities and language rights. It will also be of general interest to researchers, students and practitioners in the fields of human rights, political science, public administration and governance.

Featuring contributions from:

and edited by Dr Hermann Amon and Dr Eleri James.

A copy of the table of contents can be seen here:

Table of Contents

The Acknowledgements and Foreword to the volume can be read in full below:

Acknowledgements and Foreword

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The IALC wishes to thank Éditions Yvon Blais and Thomson Reuters Canada for their assistance in publishing this volume. Copies may be purchased directly from them: Link to external website.

Should you have any questions about this publication please don’t hesitate to send them to for the attention of the editors Dr Hermann Amon (Ontario) and Dr Eleri James (Wales).