The Concept of National Minority: Aspects of International Law

Aistė Račkauskaitė


The article aims to analyse the concept of national minority in international law. There is no universally accepted definition of a national minority, for neither international nor regional documents include one. However, common characteristics may be recognized based on the interpretation of certain legal documents and an analysis of legal theory. An analysis of the universal and regional legal documents leads to the same conclusion: they have not succeeded in clearly defining the concept of national minority. However, this analysis also shows that national minorities are identified by objective (language, religion, culture, ethnic group, numbering less than half of the population within a state) and subjective characteristics (will to preserve their culture, traditions, religion, language).


national minority; the concept of national minority; characteristics of national minority

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"Societal studies" ISSN online 2029-2244 / ISSN print 2029-2236