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Protection of Minorities under International Law and the Case of South Tyrol

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The case of South Tyrol epitomizes the development of minority protection under international law. The South Tyrolean autonomy is the result of a long process in which various actors were actively involved. This chapter analyses the role that two external actors?the United Nations and the kin-state (Austria)?had in this process and the impact that the so-called ?international anchoring? had in the successful conclusion of the South Tyrol dispute. If Austria clearly played a central role in the settlement of the South Tyrol issue, this does not mean that, as a general rule, minority situations are better resolved by the involvement of a kin-state. Yet, although the declaration of conflict settlement had concluded the international dispute and, thus, the ?Package? measures can be considered fully implemented, some claim that the South Tyrol issue is far from being definitively settled, as the current debate on various open questions demonstrates.

Keywords: Austria; international anchoring; international law; minority protection; South Tyrol dispute; South Tyrol issue; South Tyrolean autonomy; United Nations



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