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Ass.-Prof. MMag. DDr. Jürgen Pirker


Power and Violence

At the annual conference of the Austrian Commission of Jurists Jürgen Pirker spoke about "Power and Violence in a theoretical Perspective" focussing on the state and the family.


Memory Politics and Minority Rights

On May 2nd, Juergen Pirker gave a talk at the University of Minnesota on "Memory Politics and Minority Rights in Central Europe (1867-2019)". Presented by the Center for Austrian Studies and the Department for History.

On May 14th, Juergen Pirker spoke about "Minority Rights and Dialogue: From Ethnic Conflict towards a Peace Region Alps Adria" at the Conflict Resolution Institute of the University of Denver.

New Publications: Borders, Old and New Minorities

Recently published were the books "Alte und Neue Minderheiten: Integration, Law and Politics" and "Borders: Separation and Connection 1918-2018". The books were edited by Gerhard Hafner, Karl Hren, Heinrich Neisser, Martin Pandel, Jürgen Pirker, Günther Rautz and Kathrin Stainer-Hämmerle as part of the series "gemeinsam/skupno/together 2020".

Borders: Content and Introduction (German).

Old and New Minorities: Content and Introduction (German/Slovenian).

Guest Professorship at the University of Minnesota

From January to June 2019 Dr. Pirker is going to teach at the University of Minnesota (USA). The main topic of his teaching will be "Europe's Contested Borders, (Nation-)States and Peoples: Austria, the Alps and the Adriatic". 


Borders/Grenzen/Meje 1918-2018

From 4 to 6 October, a conference within the series "gemeinsam/skupno 2020" was devoted to the topic of borders and border demarcations from the perspective of history, law and politics. The conference began on 4 October with a Round Table on "Border Experiences" and concluded on 6 October with a cross-border walk in Leifling/Libelice (A/SLO). At its core was the illumination of the historical border-finding processes of 1918 and their consequences from the perspective of law and political science.

Borders separate and connect, geographically and mentally. The borders drawn after the First World War separated "peoples" and populations and promoted nationalism, which experienced its most aggressive forms in the 20th century. The European Union has set out as a "peace project" to overcome borders that have recently been closed again in response to the migration and refugee crisis - in real terms and in people's minds. The anniversary of the Carinthian referendum provides an opportunity to deal with the consequences of border demarcations, their overcoming and the potential of border areas from an interdisciplinary perspective within the framework of the conference series 2018 to 2020.

Invitation: here (German).

Information about the conference Series: here (German).

Article by Jürgen Pirker in the Bulletin of the Carinthian Historical Society: "The Spirit of History(s): October 10 in Historical Memory and Political Education" (German).

Narratives in Conflict: Interview with CPD Policy Blog

In an interview with the CPD Policy Blog Jürgen Pirker explains the effects of narratives in civil conflict transformation. He refers to his publication "History/ies in Conflict: On the Interactions of Stories, Law and Politics" (German).

Interview: here.

Challenges of legal studies from the perspective of science and practice

On September 19th the Young Forum OeJK will host an event dealing with the challenges of legal education. Structural issues of legal studies will be discussed by experts and members of the Young Forum, focusing on requirements defined by science and legal practice. 

Program: here.

Data Protection and Privacy

The Young Forum OeJK contributed to the Conference of the Austrian Commission of Jurists from 31.5.-2.6. on "Data Protection and Privacy" (Programm) with a speech on an international agreement for the regulation of public observation by Dr. Oskar Gstrein (Gröningen). Additionally, the Young Forum published several articles on current issues of data protection on the Juwiss Blog for Young Science in Public Law.

History/es, Law and Politics

At the Faculty of Law, Ambassador Dr. Valentin Inzko, High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, und Dr. Marjan Sturm, President of the Zveza slovenskih organizacij na Koroškem, gave a speech on challenges of dialogue and reconciliation in Carinthia, Slovenia and Bosnia. Afterwards, Prof. Helmut Konrad, Prof. Joseph Marko and Ass-Prof. Jürgen Pirker discussed issues of dealing with troubled past and the "management" of interethnic-conflict through law and politics. 

Memory Cultures, Law and Peace Building

At the presentation of the publications "Historie/s in Conflict" (Jürgen Pirker) and "Memory Communities Kärnten/Koroška" (Daniel Wutti, Nadja Danglmaier, Andreas Hudelist, Samo Wakounig) at University of Klagenfurt, Landeshauptmann Peter Kaiser, Dr. Nadja Danglmaier, FH-Prof. Kathrin Stainer-Hämmerle, Univ.-Doz. Hellwig Valentin and Univ.-Prof. Werner Wintersteiner discussed issues and perspectives of memory politics, minority protection and peace education in past, present and future.

Further Information (German): here.

Interview (SONNTAG; German): here.

History/ies in Conflict: Book Presentation and Discussions on the Interdependence of History, Law and Politics

On Mai, 8th and 15th, the  book by Juergen Pirker on "History/ies in Conflict: The Consensus- and Dialogue Process in Carinthia: from National Conflict towards a Peace Region Alps-Adria" will be presented and discussed at the University of Klagenfurt and University of Graz.


Invitation and program of the event at University of Klagenfurt (May 8th, Stiftungssaal der Kärntner Sparkasse, Universität Klagenfurt, 16.00): Book presentations and discussion with the governor of Carinthia Dr. Peter Kaiser, Mag. Dr. Nadja Danglmaier, FH-Prof. MMag. Dr. Kathrin Stainer-Hämmerle, Univ.-Doz. Dr. Hellwig Valentin and Univ.-Prof. Dr. Werner Wintersteiner about History, Politics and Peace Building. Moderation: Ass.-Prof. DDr. Jürgen Pirker and HS-Prof. MMag. Dr. Daniel Wutti.

Invitation and program of the event at University of Graz (May 15th, Sitzungszimmer der Rechtswissenschaftlichen Fakultät, RESOWI Zentrum, SZ 15.21, 17.30): Book presentation, with Statements of Dr. Valentin Inzko, High Representative of Bosnia and Herzegowina, and Dr. Marjan Sturm, followed by a discussion with Univ-Prof. Dr. Dr. hc Helmut Konrad, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Joseph Marko and Ass-Prof. DDr. Jürgen Pirker about History, Law and Politics in Complex Conflicts and within the Centenary of the Founding of the Republic of Austria in 2018. Moderation: Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Anita Ziegerhofer and Ass.-Prof. Dr. Benedikt Harzl.

Conference: New and Old Minorities

On Friday, October 6th 2017, an interdisciplinary conference dealt with "New and Old Minorities: Integration, Law and Politics" and specifically deal with the functions of "classical" instruments of minority protection and the challenges caused by migration for the effective minority protection in ever more pluralistic societies.  

Program: here.

Information about the Conference Series: here.

Statement of the Carinthian Government: here.

Additional Value of Minority Languages

In an interview with the Austrian daily newspaper "Die Presse" Dr. Pirker elaborates core arguments of his book "Minority Protection and Language Promotion" (2017, Böhlau Publisher): "Legal research demonstrates how minorities might be more effectively protected in Carinthia and South Tyrol and how language can build bridges: Therefore, language promotion is essential.", the interviewer, Dr. Posch, summarizes.

For the article: click here.

Crisis of liberal Democracy and Young Forum of the Austrian Commission of Jurists

In the Conference of the Austrian Commission of Jurists on the "Crisis of liberal Democracy" Prof. Eva Schulev-Steindl and Jürgen Pirker presented the Young Forum as new initiative of the Austrian Commission.

Islam, Law and Diversity Governance

On May 23rd, Juergen Pirker participated in a Panel on Diversity Governance in a conference on "Islam, Law and Diversity".

Divided Societies XX

At the Interuniversity Center in Dubrovnik Dr. Pirker participated in a course on Divided Societies. The 20th turn of the international lecture was dedicated to "Memory Wars".

Diversity Management and Collective Rights

In a workshop at Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC, Juergen Pirker gave a speech on Diversity Management and Collective Rights. Dr. Benedikt Harzl (REEES, University of Graz; current Austrian Marshall-Plan-Fellow at SIAS, Johns Hopkins University) opened the Workshop with an introduction to law and politics and case studies from the Caucasus Region.


Conference: The Transformation of Intractable Conflicts

From March 16th to 18th the third conference within the series "The Transformation of Intractable Conflicts" took place at the Weatherhead Center, Harvard University. Jürgen Pirker chaired a panel on "Interactice Conflict Resolution and Releated Approaches". The conference was organized by the Herbert C Kelman Institute, the Harvard Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Universities of Graz and Klagenfurt. It was an initiative of the Kelman Network and was dedicated to the 90th Birthday of Prof. Herbert C Kelman.

Program: here.  

Teaching Abroad: China

In February and March 2017 Dr. Pirker gave a two weeks-course on "Rule of Law in Austria, Germany and the Europen Context" at Nanjing University, China.

For more Information about the German-Sino Institute of the Universities Göttingen and Nanjing click here.

Science Award 2016

In November 2016, Dr. Pirker was awarded a "Leopold Kunschak Award for Science" for his thesis on Minority Protection and Language Promotion. The "Gand Honorary Award" was given to the German Federal Minister of Finance, Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble. The Prices were awarded by the Austrian Vice Chancellor, Dr. Reinhold Mitterlehner.

Link: Press Release.

Ass.-Prof. MMag. DDr.

Jürgen Pirker

Ass.-Prof. MMag. DDr. Jürgen Pirker Institue for Public Law and Political Science
Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 0043/316-7412

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