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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Minorities, European Protection

Rainer Hofmann

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 02 June 2023


Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 After some precursory developments regarding religious minorities, mainly in the Balkans, the first system of international protection of the rights of minorities was created after World War I and assumed a certain degree of unity within the League of Nations (‘League’). Although it almost exclusively concerned minorities in Europe, it was not a European, but an international system of protection of minorities (Minorities, International Protection; Minority Protection System between World War I and World War II). In line with the then prevailing attitude that...
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