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Title: Multiculturalism and international law: Discussing universal standards
Authors: Xanthaki, A
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: John Hopkins University Press
Citation: Human Rights Quarterly, 32(1): 21-48, Feb 2010
Abstract: This article aims to assess the contribution of current international human rights law to the multicultural debate. The article argues that although international law has not engaged in a sustained way with the concept, the basic elements of multiculturalism are in fact promoted by current standards. Among these discussed are the recognition of cultural attachments in the public sphere, the need for interaction among cultures, and the understanding of sub-national groups as equal partners in the evolution of the society. A closer look at the standards and their dynamic interpretation by UN bodies also reveals helpful answers to difficult challenges currently posed by multiculturalism, including extremism and clashes between cultural practices and other human rights.
Description: This is the post-print version of the article. Copyright @ John Hopkins University Press
ISSN: 0275-0392
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Dept of Politics, History and Law Research Papers

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