Prof. Joseph Marko is a professor at the Institute for Austrian, European and Comparative Public Law, Political Science, and Administration of the Karl Franzens University of Graz, and currently Dean of the law faculty. He previously served as one of the three international judges at the Constitutional Court of Bosnia Herzegovina from 1997 to 2002 and as a member of the Council of Europe’s advisory committee, established under the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, from 1998 to 2002 and 2006/07. He also served as political advisor to the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Christian Schwarz-Schilling in 2006/07. Since 1998 he is also the director of the Institute for Minority Rights at the European Academy Bozen/South Tyrol. He is author and co-editor of more than 25 books.
Prof. Claire Gordon is a teaching fellow in East European Politics at the European Institute and Academic Developer at the Teaching and Learning Centre of the London School of Economics and Political Science. In 2011 she was a principal researcher on the European Parliament project “Measures to promote the situation of Roma EU citizens in the European Union” with Will Bartlett and in 2012-2013 she was a member of a European Training Foundation-funded research team exploring the vocational educational sector and social inclusion in the Western Balkans, Turkey and Israel. She is currently working on a LSEE research project exploring welfare systems and minority inclusion in the Western Balkans. Her principal research interests include EU enlargement and the role of conditionality, minority protection in the wider Europe and the challenges of social inclusion in the Western Balkans. Her latest publications include: Gordon, Claire E and Kmezic, Marko and Opardija, Jasmina, eds (2013) Stagnation and drift in the Western Balkans: the challenges of political, economic and social change, Peter Lang AG. Prof. Claire Gordon is member of the Steering Board of the Regional Research Promotion Programme in the Western Balkans (RRPP) at the University of Fribourg. She also serves as a member of the non-resident Senior Research Associate network at the European Centre for Minority Issues in Flensburg.
Nicolas Hayoz is an associate professor of political science and the director of the Interdisciplinary Institute of Central and Eastern Europe at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). Since 2007, he is also Programme Director of the Regional research promotion program RRPP – Western Balkans. Since 2009 he has also directed a research promotion program in the Southern Caucasus “ASCN – Academic Swiss Caucasus Net”. He has published articles on politics and state reform in Eastern Europe and has conducted research projects in Russia and in Georgia. His research interests include transition studies in Eastern Europe, particularly the transformation process in Russia, political sociology and political theory. Among his latest publications: Informality in Eastern Europe (together with Christian Giordano, 2013, Peter Lang).
Prof. Ass. Dr. Hasnije Ilazi is the head of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Prishtina and the Executive Director of the Institute for Social and Humanistic Studied (ISSH) at the University of Prishtina.
Besides teaching at the University of Prishtina, her academic work also includes numerous publications, presentations at conferences, seminars and national and international universities, and other research activities. Prof. Ilazi has given a significant contribution to the field of social science research, public policy development and gender studies. Currently she is the editor of the scientific journal “Njohja”.