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Vol 23 No 3 March/April 2018

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Synergies in Minority Protection: European and International Law Perspectives

ISBN13: 9780521864831
Published: December 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £72.00

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There has recently been a remarkable growth in standard-setting with respect to the protection of minorities in international and European law. Layered on top of existing human rights standards relevant to minorities, these developments have resulted in a complex and multi-faceted regime, but one which still does not amount to an integrated and coherent system of minority protection.

In addition to providing an up-to-date account of the relevant standards and their development in practice, this collection breaks new ground by seeking to identify the extent to which some integration and coherence (synergy) is emerging as a result of the work of treaty-monitoring bodies and other international institutions. Leading experts on the main instruments and institutions assess matters such as the application of similar principles, the emergence of common themes, explicit cross-referencing between treaty bodies and international institutions and the development of similar working methods.

  • Allows readers to better understand the dynamic interactions between different legal standards and different international organisations
  • Each chapter focuses on a specific major international instrument or organisation; together they offer an excellent overview of the most important recent developments
  • Focus on developments in regions such as East Asia and Africa provides information on emerging trends in non-European regional international law

Human Rights and Civil Liberties
1. Introduction Kristin Henrard and Robert Dunbar
Part I. Minorities-Specific Instruments, Provisions and Institutions; 2. The United Nations’ International Convention on Civil and Political Rights: Article 27 and other Provisions Martin Scheinin; 3. The United Nations’ Working Group on Minorities Li-Ann Thio; Postscript: The United Nations’ Independent Expert on Minorities Gay McDougall; 4. The OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities Arie Bloed and Rianne Letschert; 5. The Council of Europe Framework Convention on the Protection of National Minorities Asbjørn Eide; 6. The Council of Europe European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages Robert Dunbar
Part II. Non-Minorities-Specific Instruments, Provisions and Institutions; 7. Developments relating to Minorities in the Law on Genocide William Schabas; 8. The United Nations International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights María Amor and Martín Estébanez; 9. The United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination Ivan Garvalov; 10. The United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child and Children belonging to Minority Groups Jaap Doek; 11. UNESCO’s Convention against Discrimination in Education Fons Coomans; 12. A patchwork of ‘successful’ and ‘missed’ synergies in the jurisprudence of the ECHR Kristin Henrard; 13. The many faces of minority protection in the European Union Bruno De Witte and Enikő Horváth; 14. Developments under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights relevant to Minorities Tim Murithi; 15. Regional minority protection in the Asia-Pacific region Erik Friberg.