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Democracy, Minorities and International Law


Part of Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law

  • Date Published: December 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521848985

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  • This work explores the contribution that international law may make to the resolution of culture conflicts - political disputes between the members of different ethno-cultural groups - in democratic States. International law recognises that persons belonging to minorities have the right to enjoy their own culture and peoples have the right to self-determination without detailing how these principles are to be put into effect. The emergence of democracy as a legal obligation of States permits the international community to concern itself with both the procedure and substance of 'democratic' decisions concerning ethno-cultural groups. Democracy is not to be understood simply as majority rule. Cultural conflicts in democratic States must be resolved in a way that is either acceptable or defensible and defeasible to all citizens, including persons belonging to ethno-cultural minorities. Democracy, Minorities and International Law examines the implications of this recognition.

    • Uniquely examines the rights of minorities, including national minorities, indigenous peoples and peoples in a democracy
    • Examines the highly topical issue of the legal regulation of cultural conflicts
    • An original contribution to the debate on political participation and minorities
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    ' … the book marks a valuable contribution to the agenda of the Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law and the other titles in this series … [it] will provide a useful and informative read for many political scientists, international relations scholars and other social scientists as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students in these disciplines.' The Society of Legal Scholars

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521848985
    • length: 226 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.508kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    Table of cases, opinions, treaties and other documents
    1. The rights of minorities
    2. The self-determination of peoples
    3. Democracy

  • Author

    Steven Wheatley, University of Leeds
    Steven Wheatley is Senior Lecturer in Human Rights Law and International Law at the University of Leeds.

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