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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, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 17 August 2019


Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

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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