"Consociationalism, Equality, and Minorities in the Northern Ireland Bill of Rights Debate: The Role of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities"

Michigan Law Authors
Publish Date
2007
Publication
Judges, Transition and Human Rights
Publication Type
Book Chapter
Abstract

This chapter asks the following question: How far is the method of consociationalism compatible or in tension with human rights obligations, particularly those concerning minority rights? It analyses this issue in the context of the Bill of Rights debate in Northern Ireland. It discusses the extent to which the Framework Convention has been considered by quasi-authoritative international bodies to have implications for consociational arrangements in Northern Ireland that use group identification as part of their implementation mechanisms. It also examines the implications of the fragmentations of human rights interpretation for human rights cases.

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