MINELRES: Call for Submissions: Roma Rights 1/09: EU Roma Policy

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - Roma Rights 1/09: EU Roma Policy

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) is seeking articles and other
submissions (book reviews, interview with key figures and conference
reports) from a broad range of disciplines addressing the adoption and
implementation of a framework policy on Roma at the EU level. Articles
offering critical insight to lessons learned in similar processes in
other fields, as well as submissions reflecting the perspective of the
grassroots Roma movement, are particularly welcome.

At a time when human rights abuse of Roma is becoming increasingly
dramatic in Europe, the European Union remains without an integrated and
comprehensive policy framework specifically addressing this marginalized
group, and many EU Member States do not have national policies to
improve the situation of Roma. During the 8 December 2008 General
Affairs Council meeting, European Union leaders called on the European
Commission and EU Member States to take account of the situation of the
Roma when designing and implementing policies, to make better use of
Structural and other Funds and to organise an exchange of good practice
and experience in the context of an integrated European platform. 
However, this stops short of a commitment to develop a framework policy
to address issues impeding the human development of persons of Roma

In this issue of Roma Rights, ERRC seeks submissions which reflect on
and seek to provide answers to questions like:

- Is there a need for an EU Roma Policy, or is it possible to mainstream
Roma concerns in other EU policy processes to a great enough degree to
address the needs of this community? 
- How should an EU Roma Policy be formulated, endorsed and/or enforced?
How should this process relate to the "integrated European platform"?
How should the competencies of the EU and the Members States be
- What should be the content of such a Policy?  
- What experience and lessons from the development of EU policy in other
fields, such as gender, can be utilised in the development of an EU Roma
- What role is there for the grassroots Roma movement in the formulation
an EU Roma Policy? 
- How should an EU Roma Policy relate to the Decade of Roma Inclusion
and other intergovernmental policy structures dealing with Roma issues? 
- What influence/change could an EU Roma Policy have on how the EU
addresses the situation of Roma in its external relations with non-EU
- Is there a business case for the development of an EU Roma Policy?
- Can provisions on positive action in the Race Equality Directive
provide a basis for the development of an EU Roma Policy? 
- Would an EU Roma Policy positively influence the daily life of Romani
individuals and/or communities?

Submissions addressing the theme from other perspectives are also


Full articles and a maximum 300 word abstract must be submitted to the
ERRC by 15 March 2009. All submissions will be reviewed by a committee
of ERRC staff who will make the final selection of articles for

Please send queries and submissions to the Coordinating Editor of Roma
Rights, Sinan Gokcen: sinan.gokcen@errc.org. 

Submission guidelines

- All submissions and accompanying materials must be written in British
- Submissions must be in electronic form and accompanied by any relevant
graphics or pictures. Submissions must follow the ERRC Style Sheet .
- The length of submissions should not exceed 6,000 words for articles
and 2,500 words for other items (e.g. book reviews or conference
reports), inclusive of footnotes.
- Footnote referencing should be utilised. Submissions with
bibliographical referencing will be sent back to authors.
- All contributions must be original, previously unpublished material. 

The ERRC reserves the right to refuse publication of submissions at any
point prior to the publication of the Journal. 


The ERRC is an international public interest law organisation engaging
in a range of activities to combat anti-Romani racism and human rights
abuse of Roma. The approach of the ERRC involves strategic litigation,
international advocacy, research and policy development, and human
rights training of Romani activists. 

Roma Rights is the ERRC's flagship journal. Published since 1996, Roma
Rights has provided a forum for critical discussion of some of the most
important human rights concerns of Roma in Europe. The journal is widely
distributed in Europe and highly respected as a resource in this field.
Each issue of Roma Rights is dedicated to a specific theme. All issues
of Roma Rights are available in electronic form at:

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