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

3 Towards the Convention

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: 06 July 2020

Subject(s):
Religion — Ethnicity — Minorities — Race

This chapter chronicles the initial drafting process of the Convention. The genealogy of the Convention is complex: it has many progenitors. The experts and delegates drafting the text absorbed influences and processed theories and practice in their own manner, leaving the marks of their reflections on the adopted instrument. They also instituted the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), mandating it to take the standards towards their stated goal: the elimination of racial discrimination. The chapter shows how these delegates wrestled with the concept of race and racial discourse, the place of minorities and non-citizens within the terms of the Convention, and similar issues of racial discrimination both internal and international in scope.

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