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History of the Minority Question

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This chapter traces the early legal history of the minority regime after the formation of the League of Nations. International protections for religious belief were the earliest forms of minority rights adopted by nations. The chapter discusses the unsuccessful efforts by Japan to incorporate an equality of nations' article into the League of Nations' Covenant. The minority regime created by the League of Nations' members is based upon the Wilsonian doctrine supporting the self-determination of nations. The chapter describes the Minority Schools in Albania, Advisory Opinion of April 6, 1935, a precedent-setting case which required Albania to protect its Greek minorities' cultural characteristics.

Keywords: minority protection treaty system; religious belief; Wilsonian doctrine



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