The impact of linguistic diversity on the processes of self-determination and statehood

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Journal nameGosudarstvo i pravo
EditionIssue 11

This article analyses the legal methods used by various States to promote the linguistic diversity of national minorities and linguistic groups. The paper examines the experiences of some States (Russia, India, Switzerland, Spain, Canada, etc.) on the impact of language policies on the unity and integrity of States or the neglect of those policies, leading to secessionist and centrifugal tendencies. The aim of the study is to show that it is appropriate for the political authorities to establish a policy of respect for the linguistic diversity of the peoples of the countries concerned. On the basis of the study, the author concludes that respect for and protection of linguistic diversity is a key element in the issue of self-determination of peoples.

KeywordsInternational Law, principles of International Law, right to self-determination, territorial integrity, inviolability of borders, human rights, linguistic diversity, federalism, unitary State, national minorities, indigenous peoples, conflict resolution, forms of government
Publication date29.11.2022
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