The Rights of Minorities: A Commentary on the European Framework Convention for the Protection of…

Hardcover | March 8, 2006

EditorMarc Weller

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The rights of minorities are becoming increasingly important, especially in the context of enlargement of the European Union, yet there are remarkably few treaties dealing with minority rights under international law. One of these is the Council of Europe's Framework Convention for theProtection of National Minorities. This volume provides the first expert commentary on the Convention, which is the principal international document establishing minority rights in a legally binding way. Many minority rights such as those to political participation, non-assimilation, and the use ofnative languages are not incorporated in other major Human Rights agreements. The Convention is therefore often taken to be the leading standard in the international law of minority rights. This commentary offers a detailed article-by-article analysis of the Convention, by a group of international legal experts in minority rights. Their commentary draws upon the Convention's negotiating history and implementation practice, in addition to examining the pronouncements of the AdvisoryCommittee, which is the implementation body attached to the treaty. It offers a clear sense of the concrete meaning of the provisions of the Convention to scholars, students, and members of minority rights groups.

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The rights of minorities are becoming increasingly important, especially in the context of enlargement of the European Union, yet there are remarkably few treaties dealing with minority rights under international law. One of these is the Council of Europe's Framework Convention for theProtection of National Minorities. This volume prov...

Marc Weller is Director of the European Centre for Minority Issues and an Assistant Director of Studies in the Centre of International Studies at the University of Cambridge where he lectures on international law. He is a Fellow of the Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law and of Hughes Hall, Cambridge.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:752 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.63 inPublished:March 8, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface by Marc WellerSelected AbbreviationsNotes on ContributorsTable of CasesInternational Instruments, National Legislation, and Implementation BodiesCouncil of Europe Official Documents on the Framework ConventionRainer Hofmann: The Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities: An IntroductionAsbjorn Eide: The Framework Convention in Historical and Global PerspectiveTove H. Malloy: The Title and PreambleSection IArticle 1. Hans-Joachim Heintze: Article 2. Peter Hilpold: Article 3. Hans-Joachim Heintze: Section IIArticle 4. Gudmunder Alfredson: Article 5. Geoff Gilbert: Article 6. Goeff Gilbert: Article 7. Zdenka Machnyikova: Article 8. Zdenka Machnyikova: Article 9. John Packer, Sally Holt: Article 10. Fernand de Varennes: Article 11. Fernand de Varennes: Article 12. Patrick Thornberry: Article 13. Patrick Thornberry: Article 14. Fernand de Varennes, Patrick Thornberry: Article 15. Marc Weller: Article 16. Jennifer Jackson-Preece: Article 17. Jennifer Jackson-Preece: Article 18. Jennifer Jackson-Preece: Article 19. Lauri Hannikainen: Section IIIArticle 20. Peter Hilpold: Article 21. Peter Hilpold: Article 22. Lauri Hannikainen: Article 23. Peter Hilpold: Section IVArticles 24-26. Kyriaki Topidi: Section VArticles 27-32. Matthew Draper: Marc Weller: Conclusion: The Contribution of the European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities to the Development of Minority RightsAppendix 1: The Framework Convention for the Protection of National MinoritiesAppendix 2: Explanatory Report to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National MinoritiesSelect BibliographyIndex