Will Kymlicka

International Approaches to Governing Ethnic Diversity

Edited by Jane Boulden and Will Kymlicka Oxford University Press, 2015

One of the most remarkable features of the post-Cold War period has been the upsurge of international involvement in questions of ethnic diversity. From the United Nations and the European Court of Human Rights to diverse international philanthropic and advocacy organizations, a wide range of international actors have adopted policies and principles for addressing questions of ethnic rights, identity, and conflict. International Approaches to Governing Ethnic Diversity explores whether and how these international actors contribute to the peaceful and democratic governance of ethnic diversity. It focuses on two broad areas of international work: the evolution of international legal norms regarding the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples, and international approaches to conflict and post-conflict development. The book charts new territory by mapping the range of international actors who affect the governance of ethnic diversity, and exploring their often contradictory roles and impacts. Most international actors come to questions of ethnic diversity indirectly and reluctantly, on the basis of widely varying mandates many of which were established to fulfill other objectives. They naturally therefore have different priorities and perspectives. And yet, the book identifies a striking convergence amongst international actors around discourses of diversity and equality, demonstrating the existence of an epistemic community where actors work within common vocabularies, discourses and principles that attempt to link human rights, pluralism, development and peace.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  1. Jane Boulden and Will Kymlicka: Introduction
  • Part 1 International Legal Norms: Ethnic Diversity and International Human Rights
  1. Lourdes Peroni: Minorities before the European Court of Human Rights: Democratic Pluralism Unfolded
  2. Matthias Koenig: The governance of religious diversity at the European Court of Human Rights
  3. Dimitry Kochenov: The European Union's Troublesome Minority Protection: A Bird-s Eye View
  4. Ethel Tungohan: International Approaches to Governing Temporary Labour Migrants: A Critical Assessment of the UN Committee on Migrant Workers, the ILO Conventions on Labour Migration, and the International Migrants Alliance
  5. Corinne Lennox: The Role of International Actors in Norm Emergence: Supporting Afro-Descendants' Rights in Latin America
  • Part 2: International Approaches to Conflict and Post-Conflict Development
  1. Raffaele Marchetti and Nathalie Tocci: Trapped in the Liberal Peace: The EU's Approach to Peacebuilding via Civil Society
  2. Elisabeth King: International Approaches to Governing Ethnic Diversity: Can Development Aid Be a Tool in this Toolkit?
  3. Jane Boulden: The United Nations Security Council, Ethnicity and Ethnic Conflict
  4. Neil MacFarlane: International Engagement and the Governance of Ethnic Diversity in Georgia
  5. Susan Henders: Internationalized Minority Territorial Autonomy in Early Post-WWI Europe: The Limits and Possibilities of International Ethnic Diversity Governance