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Courts and Consociations: Human Rights versus Power-Sharing

Christopher McCrudden and Brendan O'Leary


Consociations are power-sharing arrangements, increasingly used to manage ethno-nationalist, ethno-linguistic, and ethno-religious conflicts. Current examples include Belgium, Bosnia, Northern Ireland, Burundi, and Iraq. Despite their growing popularity, they have begun to be challenged before human rights courts as being incompatible with human rights norms, particularly equality and non-discrimination. This book examines the use of power-sharing agreements, their legitimacy, and their compatibility with human rights law. Key questions include to what extent, if any, consociations conflict wi ... More

Keywords: consociations, ethno-nationalist conflicts, ethno-linguistic conflicts, ethno-religious conflicts, human rights courts, equality, non-discrimination, power-sharing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199676842
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199676842.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher McCrudden, author
Professor of Human Rights and Equality Law, Queen's University Belfast, and William W Cook Global Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School

Brendan O'Leary, author
Lauder Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania, and Professor of Political Science, Queen's University Belfast