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Two Faces Of Multiculturalism In Present International Law

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As is commonly known, the adjective of the term "civilization" is used in the qualification of one of the main sources of international law. In Article 38(1) of the Statute of the International Court of Justice, among the sources applied by it there are, under sub-paragraph (c), "the general principles of law recognized by civilized nations". The Eastern Church in Constantinople submitted itself to the secular power, which became part of its tradition. The developments in Western Europe were different. The roots of human rights are often found in the teachings on natural law. The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights was originally also an act based on natural law. Like individuals, and even like States, ethnic groups are living bodies which are not eternal or immutable.

Keywords: civilization; ethnic groups; human rights; International Court of Justice; international law; natural law; Universal Declaration

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