Self-Determination and National Minorities

Paperback | March 16, 2000

byThomas Duncan Musgrave

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The concept of self-determination has played a very important role in the shaping of the international community in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It is closely linked in a number of different ways to the status of minorities and minorities frequently make claims to self-determinationas a right for themselves. This meticulously researched book explores the relationship between self-determination and minority rights in international law. It is highly detailed in its treatment of the subject, discussing very recent events, such as the atrocities in the former Yugoslavia, in avaluable historical context. His analysis of the issues provide the reader with a significant clarification of the legal issues involved, especially since the establishment of the UN and the development of international norms of human rights. As such, the book will hold particular appeal for allthose who are interested in international law and politics, as well as students of modern history wishing to be informed on this hotly debated issue.

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The concept of self-determination has played a very important role in the shaping of the international community in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It is closely linked in a number of different ways to the status of minorities and minorities frequently make claims to self-determinationas a right for themselves. This meticulousl...

Thomas Musgrave is a lecturer in law at the University of Wollongong in Australia. He has practised as a barrister in Canada.
Format:PaperbackPublished:March 16, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198298986

ISBN - 13:9780198298984

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Table of Contents

1. The Origins of National Consciousness2. Self-Determination and the First World War3. The Inter-War Years: The Minorities Treaties Regime4. Self-Determination in Modern International Law: International Instruments and Judicial Decisions5. Self-Determination in Modern International Law: The Practice of States6. The Protection of Minorities7. Definitions of the Term "People"8. Secession9. Irredentism10. Historical TitleEpilogue

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`immensely helpful in providing a proper perspective.' A.G. Noorani, Frontline, Aug 00.