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Max Planck Encyclopedia of International Procedural Law [MPEiPro]

Minority Rights Petitions: League of Nations

León Castellanos-Jankiewicz

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 19 April 2021

History of international law — Minorities — International courts and tribunals, procedure

Published under the direction of Hélène Ruiz Fabri, with the support of the Department of International Law and Dispute Resolution, under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law.

1 The petition system was a mechanism established at the League of Nations (‘League’) to oversee the application of the minority protection obligations that bound certain States in Central and Eastern Europe after World War I. When the borders of Europe were redrawn in the 1919 Paris Peace Conference (Peace Treaties after World War I), they produced ethnic minorities amounting to 35 million people (Macartney, 1934, 211), or 20–25% of the population in their respective States, prompting the Great Powers at the Peace Conference (the British Empire, France, Italy,...
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