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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Constitutional Protection of the Autonomy of Ethnic Groups

Valeria Piergigli

Subject(s):
Equality regardless of nationality — Equality regardless of race — Integration of ethnic communities — Bills of rights — Civil and political rights — Ethnic minorities — Indigenous communities

Published under the direction of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law.
General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1. Recognition of a certain degree of autonomy, in cases distinguished on a personal or territorial basis (see below), is one way democratic and pluralist jurisdictions regulate minority issues and accommodate different ethnic groups (see also protection of ethnic minorities ). In international law there are no universally accepted definitions of the term ‘autonomy’ nor of the term ‘minority’. Nor is it possible to find any general claim to autonomy—such as a claim to self-administration, self-government or self-rule—on the part of minority groups towards their...
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