The Rights of Minorities in Europe: A Commentary on the European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

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"The rights of minorities are becoming increasingly important, especially in the context of enlargement of the European Union, yet there are remarkably few treaties dealing with minority rights under international law. The Council of Europe's Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities is one of these. This volume provides the first expert commentary on the Convention, which is the principal international document establishing minority rights in a legally binding way." This commentary offers a detailed article-by-article analysis of the Convention, by a group of international legal experts in minority rights. Their commentary draws upon the Convention's negotiating history and implementation practice, in addition to examining the pronouncements of the Advisory Committee, which is the implementation body attached to the treaty. It offers a clear sense of the concrete meaning of the provisions of the Convention to scholars, students, and members of minority rights groups.
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Marc Weller is Director of the European Centre for Minority Issues and an Assistant Director of Studies in the Centre of International Studies at the University of Cambridge where he lectures on international law. He is a Fellow of the Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law and of Hughes Hall, Cambridge.

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Table of Contents

The framework convention for the protection of national minorities : an introduction 1
The framework convention in historical and global perspective 25
The title and the preamble 49
Article 1 77
Article 2 97
Article 3 107
Article 4 141
Article 5 153
Article 6 177
Article 7 193
Article 8 225
Article 9 263
Article 10 301
Article 11 329
Article 12 365
Article 13 395
Article 14 407
Article 15 429
Article 16 463
Article 17 487
Article 18 507
Article 19 519
Article 20 537
Article 21 547
Article 22 557
Article 23 561
Articles 24-26 573
Articles 27-32 591
Conclusion : the contribution of the European framework convention for the protection of national minorities to the development of minority rights 609
App. 1 The framework convention for the protection of national minorities 639
App. 2 Explanatory report to the framework convention for the protection of national minorities 649
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