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The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination - A Commentary by Thornberry, Patrick (14th July 2016)

1 Introduction

From: The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination: A Commentary

Patrick Thornberry

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 01 April 2020

Subject(s):
Religion — Ethnicity — Gender — Minorities — Race — Human rights remedies

This introductory chapter briefly outlines the origins and development of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (the Convention/ICERD). The Convention did not emerge ex nihilo but carried with it a weight of political, ideological, and institutional baggage. On 21 December 1965 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Convention, a move that represented a signal moment in international law and relations. However, in the General Assembly, reaction to its adoption varied in tone and substance. In the adoption speeches, the summaries of the content and significance of the Convention reflected different sets of preoccupations.

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