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The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination: A Commentary - Oxford Commentaries on International Law (Hardback)
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The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination: A Commentary - Oxford Commentaries on International Law (Hardback)

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The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination is the centrepiece of international efforts to address racial discrimination, defined in broad terms to include discrimination based on skin colour, descent, ethnic, and national origin. Victims of discrimination within the scope of the Convention include minorities, indigenous peoples, non-citizens, and caste or descent groups. Virtually all national societies are diverse in terms of ethnicity or 'race' and none is free from discrimination, making it one of the great issues of our time. Against the background of international human rights standards and mechanisms to counter racial and ethnic discrimination, this book provides the first comprehensive legal analysis of the provisions of the Convention on an article-by article basis. The book addresses the place of the Convention within the broader framework of United Nation's action against discrimination. The different chapters analyse and discuss broad topics of race, ethnicity, and international law, the genesis and drafting of the Convention, the aims and objectives of the Convention in light of its preamble, and principles of non-discrimination and equality. In particular, the book includes a critical appraisal of the contribution of the Convention to the eradication of racial discrimination. It also reflects on whether there is scope for modification of the substance or procedures of the Convention in light of challenges arising from enhanced transnational population movements, the intersection between discrimination on the ground of race and discrimination against religious communities, and the intersection of racial and gender-based discrimination.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199265336
Number of pages: 576
Weight: 1258 g
Dimensions: 246 x 186 x 34 mm


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Patrick Thornberry, Emeritus Professor at Keele University, has delivered his second masterpiece ... This Commentary is part of the prestigious Oxford Commentaries on International Law. This book differs from the other commentaries published in this series on a very important point: While most of them are team works where the editor fulfils first of all (but, of course, not exclusively) a coordinating function, Thornberry has written the whole text on his own - a really impressive achievement! Impressive is the result also as to its content. * Peter Hilpold, International Journal on Minority and Group Rights *
It moves beyond the old travaux-based model of understanding the treaty's meaning,9 supplementing it with a practice-based model rooted in the COs, EW/UA, GRs and ICs, themselves reflective of the individuals and groups who have sought out the treaty's protection. Allied with renewed global concerns around race and racial discrimination in the twenty-first century, it ought to mark far greater engagement with CERD procedures from the human rights community and wider actors in the next 50 years and beyond. * David Keane, Human Rights Law Review *

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