Minority Language Rights and Standards: Definitions and Applications at the Supranational Level

  • Fernand de Varennes
  • Elżbieta Kuzborska


De Varennes and Kuzborska offer a much-needed disentanglement of the numerous understandings and approaches to minority language rights, though their focus is clearly from an international legal perspective. Solidly anchoring language rights to human rights, the chapter provides a historical contextualisation of “minority rights” while drawing attention to the frequent misconceptions and misunderstandings that have often plagued discussions on what language rights standards entail and who may claim them. The authors adopt a practical and lucid description of the human rights implications of minority language rights and explore their significance—and potential—in relation to concrete situations, in particular in the topical area of ethnic conflict prevention.


Language rights Ethnic conflict Diversity Identity Standards 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fernand de Varennes
    • 1
  • Elżbieta Kuzborska
    • 2
  1. 1.Special Rapporteur on Minority IssuesUnited NationsGenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2.Association of Polish Academics in LithuaniaVilniusPoland

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