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Reflections On Multiculturalism And International Law

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Multiculturalism is primarily not a legal concept, but a matter of political or sociological choice. The choice between a monocultural and a multicultural political structure only arises within a State that is de facto multicultural, that is to say one in which there exist different groups of citizens, each of which shares a common culture which is not that of the majority. This chapter concludes that the principle of multiculturalism does not seem to have any major role to play at the level of inter-State relations, or in the creation or development of international law. Every international legal dispute has the capacity, though its settlement, by whatever means, to contribute to international law, if only as a footnote to the statement in the textbooks of customary law on the subject.

Keywords: customary law; inter-state relations; international law; monocultural political structure; multicultural political structure; multiculturalism



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