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

Marc Weller

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Oxford University Press
01 July 2006
Civil rights & citizenship; Land rights; Treaties & other sources of international law
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 the Protection 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 of native 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 Advisory Committee, 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.
Edited by:   Marc Weller
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 233mm,  Width: 157mm,  Spine: 41mm
Weight:   1.129kg
ISBN:   9780199207626
ISBN 10:   0199207623
Series:   Oxford Commentaries on International Law
Pages:   752
Publication Date:   01 July 2006
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly ,  Primary ,  A / AS level
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

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

The logically consistent structure of the chapters, the comprehensive cross-references, as well as the critical analyses of drafting and implementing procedures, all contribute to making the volume a highly constructive read Ethnopolotics


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