Democracy, minorities and international law

Steven Wheatley

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.

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

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書名 Democracy, minorities and international law
著作者等 Wheatley, Steven
シリーズ名 Cambridge studies in international and comparative law
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 2005
ページ数 xxii, 201 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0521848989
NCID BA75221934
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス