Addressing Multicultural Conflicts: An Emphasis on Procedural Fairness
Deusto Journal of Human Rights, 2018, Forthcoming
31 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2018
Date Written: January 6, 2018
This paper examines the procedural fairness dimensions of approaches to multicultural conflicts. The paper explains the findings of procedural fairness research in social psychology and explores its relevance for the field of (human rights) law, and for the setting of multicultural conflicts. It argues that there are strong reasons in favour of seeking to optimize procedural fairness – with its criteria of participation, trustworthiness, neutrality and respect – across all types of procedures that address multicultural conflicts. The paper illustrates these criteria through three real-life cases, concerning multicultural conflicts that occurred in Belgium in recent years. The paper furthermore explores the relationship between the normative implications that may be drawn from empirical procedural fairness research and existing procedural fairness norms in human rights law.
Keywords: human rights, multicultural conflicts, procedural fairness, Travelers, niqab, asylum seekers, racism
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