HRREC Director, Prof John Packer, has been appointed to the Advisory Council of the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI). Established in 1996 by agreement of the Governments of Germany, Denmark and the German Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein,ECMI is located in the northern port city of Flensburg. It is mandated to conduct practice and policy-oriented research, to provide information and documentation, and to offer advisory services concerning minority-majority relations in Europe and beyond, focussing on relations across boarder regions. The Centre has other offices in Kosovo and Georgia. Prof. Packer is an internationally recognised expert on minority issues and on peace and security and joins the Council for a period of three years.