Peace Institute director pens book on ‘The Erased’

September 16, 2016
Neže Kogovšek Šalamon

Neže Kogovšek Šalamon

News Source: The Peace Institute, Slovenia

Peace Institute Director Neža Kogovšek Šalamon has written a book about ‘The Erased,’ a group of thousands of Slovenian residents who were unlawfully stripped of their citizenship after the breakup of Yugoslavia.

Erased: Citizenship, Residence Rights and the Constitution in Slovenia describes the full background of this case and examines its constitutional implications.

After losing their status, the group was left without any rights on the territory of Slovenia. Since the Slovenian state refused to remedy the problem for many years, the European Court of Human Rights took up the case. In the 2012 Kuric and Others v. Slovenia decision, the Grand Chamber found that Slovenia had violated the human rights of the affected residents.

Šalamon’s think tank advocated for the restoration of the rights of ‘The Erased’ for 10 years, and worked closely with the legal team that pursued the court case that drew the ruling. The Peace Institute was awarded the PASOS Think-Tank Achievement Award 2012 for their work on the case.

The book can be purchased through the online store of The Peter Lang Publishing Group.

Šalamon, a member of the PASOS Board of Directors, graduated in 2002 from the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Law. As a Ron Brown Fellow, she obtained her master’s degree at the University of Notre Dame (USA) in international human rights law in 2004. In 2011 she defended her PhD dissertation at the University of Ljubljana Faculty of Law, on constitutional, international and comparative legal aspects of the erasure from the registry of permanent residents.

Šalamon worked for the Legal Information Centre of Non-governmental Organizations – PIC in Ljubljana, and for the international non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch in New York. She is a member of the European network of legal experts in the anti-discrimination field, European network of immigration law practitioners (MigNet), European commission on sexual orientation law (ECSOL) and Odysseus academic network of experts in the field of asylum and migration. She is also a member of the Ethics Committee of the Association of Journalists of Slovenia.

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