Jonathan Bernaerts holds BAs in Philosophy and Law from the University of Antwerp (Belgium), and received MA degrees in International Law from the University of Antwerp and Comparative International Law from the University of Toulouse Capitole 1 (France). He was awarded the European Master Degree in Human Rights and Democratization by the European Inter University Centre in Venice (Italy), for which he spent a semester at the University of Vienna (Austria). In his master’s thesis, The Cologne Judgment: A Curiosity or the Start Sign for Condemning Circumcision of Male Children Without Their Consent as a Human Rights Violation?, he analysed the practice of infant male circumcision from both medical and legal angles. Bernaerts is a doctoral candidate at the University of Antwerp and at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, department Law & Anthropology. Prior to his PhD, he held positions at UNICEF Belgium, the Thailand Institute of Justice and the EU Delegation at the Council of Europe.
Bernaerts’s current doctoral research deals with the interaction between public authorities and allophones, a topic that is particularly relevant in these times of increasing linguistic diversity throughout Europe. This research aims at providing an insider’s perspective – from the point of view of both administrative authorities and persons with another home language than the dominant or official language of the language area in which they reside – on how the relevant actors are dealing with linguistic diversity in administrative settings. The research focuses on the Sorbian minority and Turkish speakers in Germany, as well as on French and Turkish speakers in the Dutch language area of Belgium.
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- visiting professor