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Social Philosophy Today

Volume 23, 2007

International Law and Justice

Will Kymlicka
Pages 13-55
DOI: 10.5840/socphiltoday20072319

Minority Rights and the New International Politics of Diversity

This paper address the challenges that have emerged in the attempt to codify and enforce international standards of minority rights. Without offering any magic solutions for overcoming all of these difficulties, my aim is to more clearly identify the challenges they raise and the pitfalls ahead of us if we ignore them. These include conceptual confusions, moral dilemmas, unintended consequences, legal inconsistencies and political manipulation. The paper concludes with some ideas about how international minority rights might be institutionalized more successfully.