Minorities, Minority Rights and Internal Self-Determination

  • Ulrike Barten

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. The Framework

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  3. Key Concepts

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      Pages 135-135
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  4. The Analysis

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      Pages 221-221
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  5. Conclusion

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      Pages 279-279
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 293-295

About this book


The book questions the classic idea of self-determination – the right to self-determination is a right of peoples, not of minorities – by examining the content of the right to self-determination and the content of minority rights. Self-determination has four dimensions: the political, the economic, the social and the cultural dimensions. Minorities have minority rights that touch on most aspects of life as a member of a minority. If there is an overlap between minority rights and the different dimensions of self-determination, the concept that the right to self-determination is only applicable to peoples loses credibility. No global and general conclusion is envisaged; there are restrictions in place. The work is limited to the European framework and is further restricted to classic minorities. The argument is based on a legitimacy and justice approach. The analysis in this book shows that some minority rights overlap with the different dimensions of internal self-determination. In short, classic minorities in Europe have a right to internal self-determination.


CSCE Copenhagen Document Framework Convention on the Protection of National Minorities High Commissioner on National Minorities Human rights Internal self-determination Minorities Minority rights National Minorities Self-determination UN Minority Declaration

Authors and affiliations

  • Ulrike Barten
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  1. 1.Department of LawUniversity of Southern DenmarkOdenseDenmark

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-08876-1
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-08875-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-08876-1
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