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European minority protection: the past and future of a “major historical achievement”

Bowring, Bill (2008) European minority protection: the past and future of a “major historical achievement”. International Journal on Minority and Group Rights 15 (2-3), pp. 413-425. ISSN 1385-4879.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/157181108X332686

Abstract

This review essay questions whether European standards for the protection of minorities are “a major historical achievement”. Two questions are posed. Why has this development taken place in Europe? Why has it taken place since 1990? These questions are answered in the light of the historical and political context. After a brief account of the extraordinary experiment in minority rights protection in the inter-War period, the review turns to the origins of the Council and of the OSCE in the Cold War, and comments on the legitimacy and efficacy of these texts and mechanisms.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): national minorities, OSCE, Council of Europe, framework convention, rights, protection, conflict prevention, League of Nations, USSR, European Convention of Human Rights, discrimination, Helsinki final act, detente, Copenhagen document, high commissioner on national minorities, Crimean Tatars, Hague recommendations on educational rights of national minorities, Oslo recommendations on the linguistic rights of national minorities, Lund recommendation on the effective participation of national minorities in public life
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Law
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2011 13:42
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:18
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/2095

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