Bosnia: Listen to an interview with Sheri Rosenburg on Minority Rights and the Principles of International Intervention

In a podcast published by the Council of Europe, Sheri Rosenberg - international law expert at Cardozo Law School in New York – discusses her visit to Strasbourg to urge Council of Europe member states to support the implementation of the European Court of Human Rights' judgement in Finci and Sejdić v Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In its ground-breaking judgment on 22 December 2009, the Court had ruled that Bosnia's constitution violates the rights of a Bosnian Jew and a Bosnian Roma in barring them from standing for high office. Sheri Rosenberg, together with Minority Rights Group, assisted the Jewish applicant, Jakob Finci, to successfully argue that Bosnia's constitution is discriminatory in preventing him from running for Presidency and upper house of Parliament, under Protocol 12 and Article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights, respectively.

For more information, read MRG’s press release on the judgment.

In her interview, Rosenburg highlights the immense importance of the judgment to the people of Bosnia, the case highlighting discrimination in the highest levels of political office, which helps to maintain a divided society. According to Rosenburg, until Bosnia’s constitution and election law are changed to allow for anybody to run for public office regardless of their ethnicity, Bosnia will likely remain a divided society.

In the podcast, Rosenburg also comments on the emerging international principle on the “responsibility to protect” which is due to be officially unveiled in New York in a few days time.

Listen to the podcast.

Photo: Sheri Rosenberg

Credit: Council of Europe

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Date: 03/04/2013


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