EU Minority Protection: A Modest Case for a Synergetic Approach
Amsterdam Law Forum, Vol. 3, pp. 33-53, 2011
21 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2011
Date Written: November 20, 2011
In a stark contrast with the dominant minority-protection literature in the EU, this paper proposes a synergetic approach to minority protection in the Union, acknowledging that attempts to draw clear distinctions between different minority groups on the basis of a number of criteria can be profoundly unhelpful and is able to undermine the efforts to improve the lives of Europeans belonging to the most vulnerable groups. Such a synergetic approach provides a solid point of departure for the discussion of the problems in the area of minority protection that the EU is facing, which is the main focus of the paper. It is argued that theorizing minority protection can only result in the sound resolution of outstanding problems if unnecessary compartmentalization of the vulnerable groups is avoided.
Keywords: EU Law, Minortity protection, gays, ethnic, sexual, minorities, discrimination, federalism, internal market, human rights
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