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Minority Protection System between World War I and World War II

Anna Meijknecht

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 16 June 2024

Minorities — Self-determination — World War I to World War II

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 principle of self-determination was included as one of the 14 points that President W Wilson had declared as the aims of the future peace settlements (Fourteen Points of Wilson [1918]; Peace Treaties; Peace Treaties after World War I). It was intended to guide the dissolution or partial dismemberment of the losing parties to World War I, ie the Ottoman Empire, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and the German Reich (Dismemberment of States; see also History of International Law, World War I to World War II). After World War I, the establishment of a special system...
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