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I Actors, 4 Minorities and Majorities

Janne E Nijman

From: The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law

Edited By: Bardo Fassbender, Anne Peters

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 08 June 2023

Minorities — Since World War II — Ancient Times to 1648 — Peace treaties
Fear and intolerance of ‘the other’ represent some of the darkest sides of global human history, responsible for grave crimes and mistreatment. But the Other has also received protection and respect. International law has been concerned with the (ill-)treatment of the Other, or more specifically, with the question of minorities. This chapter examines the relationship between minorities and international law. Arguably this relationship is as old as international law itself. As Inis Claude observes in the opening lines of his seminal work National Minorities: An...
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