Emma Lantschner, University of Graz, focuses her research on the rights of national minorities and those of other persons exposed to discrimination on the grounds of gender, racial origin, religion, sexual orientation, age or disability. In addition to her academic career, she has worked as an expert for the OSCE, the Council of Europe and the European Commission, and is currently Vice-President of the Advisory Committee on the CoE Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.
Diversity in the legal profession, in terms of sex and gender as well as race, ethnicity and sexual orientation is indicative of a democratic and equitable legal system in which all segments of society are heard. Too often, stereotypical role perceptions hinder women’s career progression. Our power and performance, not only in the legal but also in other professions, needs the attention it deserves.