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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Minorities, European Protection

Rainer Hofmann

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 25 January 2021

Subject(s):
Minorities

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 After some precursory developments regarding religious minorities, mainly in the Balkans, the first system of international protection of the rights of minorities was created after World War I and assumed a certain degree of unity within the League of Nations (‘League’). Although it almost exclusively concerned minorities in Europe, it was not a European, but an international system of protection of minorities (Minorities, International Protection; Minority Protection System between World War I and World War II). In line with the then prevailing attitude that...
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