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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Minorities, International Protection

Kristin Henrard

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

Minorities — Ethnicity — Self-determination — Languages, regional or minority

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 The starting point in relation to the concept minority is that there is still no generally accepted definition in positive international law. The extant international instruments do not include definitions of minority. An exception is Art. 1 Convention on Ensuring the Rights of Persons Belonging to National Minorities of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) which takes up requirements of a separate identity and the wish to hold on to that identity, a numerical minority position and also the traditional nationality requirement. However this definition has...
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