The project has its modest beginnings in 1996 when a group of students under the mentorship of Professor Mitja Žagar began parallel projects on constitutional and treaty protection of national minorities. Soon, the members of the project focused on the constitutional protection on minorities and developed both a table and a methodology for constitutional analysis. The project members presented their analysis on several occasions, published a few papers and used the analysis in their academic achievements
. The constitutional analysis of national minorities’ protection is at present completed and covers almost all the countries of the world.
Around 1999 project began focusing on the systematic analysis of human rights'
protection on the constitutional level. The project adopted the name Aristotle after the Greek philosopher who in the process of writing his Politics undertook the analysis of the constitutions of 158 Greek poleis.
Since this is essentially a students' project, the bulk of the analysis is carried out by the students of the Faculty of Social Sciences
, the Faculty of Law
and the Faculty of Arts
). One of the important objectives of the project has always been educational. The project is inseparably intertwined with the education of students about human rights terminology and systems of their protection. The project itself lends opportunities for continuous training of students in the research of the constitutional and legal regulation of human rights.
The goal of the Project Aristotle is to develop a human-rights database
. We hope that this database will provide new opportunities in the comparative analysis of human rights. The results of the project could provide valuable assistance to different governmental and supra-governmental institutions (e.g. regular courts, constitutional courts, parliament, international courts etc.) and will offer a sound basis for development of theoretical models.