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    In this episode, we have something special for you. We have placed our podcast host, Dr. Miranda Melcher, on the other side of the microphone, to allow our audience to get to know her and her academic work better. Dr Melcher is interviewed by Nalenhle Moyo, the new Donor and Communication Specialist at Just Access.Dr. Melcher recently published a book titled Securing Peace in Angola and Mozambique, where she delves into the role of access to justice and the resolution of civil conflict. In this first episode of our conversation, we'll discuss a bit about how I got into this research and some of the big picture findings of the book before, while in the next episode, we'll be talking about those specifics more and discussing implications for access to justice.If you would like to order the book, you can find it here: listening!Don’t forget to rate us, recommend us and share on social media!
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  • 8. Human Rights in Europe today

    In this episode, we have the opportunity to speak to Dunja Mijatović, the outgoing Commissioner for Human Rights for the Council of Europe, a position she served in from 2018 to 2024.Listen to this episode to find out about her thoughts on the position and the state of human rights in Europe today. Enjoy listening!Don’t forget to rate us, recommend us and share on social media!Support the Show.
  • 7. How can minority rights be better protected?

    In this episode, we continue the conversation with Professor Fernand de Varennes, who has just finished serving as the UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues and is currently a visiting professor at the Université Catholique de Lyon and the University of Sarajevo.Our discussion in this episode builds on our conversation from the previous episode when we discussed the role of Special Rapporteur and some recent trends in this area. In this episode, we continue our conversation and think about ways to improve access to justice for minority rights.Enjoy listening!Don’t forget to rate us, recommend us and share on social media!Support the Show.
  • 6. How are minority rights under threat?

     In this episode, we get the opportunity to speak to Professor Fernand de Varennes, who just finished his role of United Nations Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues, and served from 2017 to 2023.Professor Fernand de Varennes is currently visiting professor at the Université Catholique at Lyon and at the University of Sarajevo. In this first episode, we focus on the role of Special Rapporteur and the professor's assessment of challenges facing minorities around the world. In the next episode, we'll continue our conversation to focus on problems with current tools for protecting human rights and discuss ways to improve access to justice and especially how grassroots efforts can help motivate reforms. Enjoy listening!Don’t forget to rate us, recommend us and share on social media!Support the Show.