Ivo Pospíšil: The Protection of National Minorities and the Concept of Minority in the EU Law

The paper deals with the question how and in what manners the contemporary EU law and institutions operate in the system of national  minority protection. It examines in greater details the concept of minority (the relation between the identity and identification of minority) in the conditions of multi-level governance and attempts to predict the options of the further development in this area.

Key-words: national minority, ethnic minority, nation state, EC/EU law, protection of national minority, identity, minority recognition, ECJ case law

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