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Techniques for Protecting Minority Languages under Belgian Federalism

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As one of the few countries in the Council of Europe, Belgium has, to date, not ratified the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities as well as the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. Nevertheless, minorities are protected in Belgium due to its specific federal structure. Several instruments provide a balance between the two major language groups in the country: the Flemish and the French-speaking language group. This article focuses on these special techniques and situates them in the historical and specific judicial background of Belgium.

Affiliations: 1: Head of Department Public Law, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium; 2: Doctoral candidate in administrative law, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium,


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