The UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

Reprint Revised by Natan Lerner


Author: Natan Lerner
The universal feeling that discrimination and intolerance based on race. religion or beliefs have to be confronted by the international community led to the adoption, half a century ago, of the international convention to which this book is devoted, one of the most ratified treaties. The book comments on the contents of the Convention and its impact on anti-racist and anti-bias legislation and jurisprudence, as well as its influence on, and applicability to other international texts. In an Introduction to this reprint, the author updates the status of the Convention, summarizes the work of CERD, the implementation body of the Convention, and discusses its relevance to general human rights, particularly the area of religious intolerance, and some difficult issues such as the possible clash with other fundamental freedoms.

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Natan Lerner was appointed by the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the United Nations in 2008 as a member of the Expert Seminar on the Links Between Articles 19 and 20 of the ICCPR concerning Freedom of Expression and Advocacy of Religious Hatred that Constitutes Incitement to Discrimination, Hostility and Violence. In 1979 he prepared for UNESCO a Study on the coordination between UNESCO and United Nations instruments on Racial Discrimination. He is a member of several professional and academic institutions, i.a the group of experts of the International Religious Liberty Association (IRLA). He is the author of several books and wrote many articles and chapters in books related to his academic work in English, Spanish and Hebrew.
Excerpt of table of contents:
Introduction to the second edition; Preface to the first edition; Guide to United Nations Documents;
Part I The Preparation of the Convention
1. Resolutions on racial prejudice and religious intolerance
2. Resolutions on the draft declarations and conventions
3. Preparation of the Convention
4. Work of the Sub-Commission
5. Work of the Commission on Human Rights
6. Draft of the Third Committee
7. Vote in the General Assembly
Part II Scope and Significance of the Convention
1. The Convention and the International Bill of Rights
2. Universality of the Convention
3. Balance between freedoms
4. Measures of implementation and the right of individual petition
Part III Interpretation of the Convention
Chapter I. The Preamble
Chapter II. Substantive Articles
Chapter III. Substantive Articles not incorporated in the Convention
Chapter IV. Measures of implementation
Chapter V. Final Clauses—Reservations
Part IV The Work of the Committee
Chapter I. Rules of procedure and guidelines for reporting
Chapter II. The reporting system
Chapter III. Article 15 and the practice of the Committee
Chapter IV. Occupied or de facto controlled territories
Chapter V. Relationship with the U.N. General Assembly and other bodies
Chapter VI. Composition of the Committee
Part V Status of the Convention
1. Signatures, ratifications and accessions
2. Declarations and reservations
3. Declarations on the optional procedure (Article 14)
Part VI The Impact of the Convention
Chapter I. At the national level
Chapter II. At the international level
Conclusions: A Decade After
Appendices: Appendix 1. International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimation; Appendix 2. United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination; Appendix 3. UNESCO Declaration on Race and Racial Prejudice; Appendix 4. States Parties to the Convention as of July 1979;
Select Bibliography; Index; About the author.
The book may obviously be of interest for Faculties of Law, International Relations, Political Science, and Religious Studies, public libraries, governmental offices such as Foreign ministries and Justice, representatives to international organizations, and human rights organizations.