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Edited by René Kuppe and Richard Potz

Volume 7 of Law and Anthropology brings together a collection of studies that discuss legal problems raised by cultural differences between people and the law to which they are subject. This volume developed from the idea that it can be useful to consider current discussions in various legal systems facing issues of cultural difference that cannot be regarded as legal problems related to indigenous societies alone. The book focuses on contradiction between national law and complex and diverse kinship structures, which are essential for the cultural identity of both indigenous groups and cultural minorities. The social construction of gender relations and gender conflicts is an important theme in many essays. Some of the essays examine the area of conflict between cultural practices and universal human rights standards.
The demand for cultural rights may collide with human rights standards, especially with the principles of gender equality.
This volume will be of great interest to academics and to all those with practical involvement in the field of cultural pluralism. Previously published by VWGO Verlag in Austria, Law and Anthropology will be published and distributed by Martinus Nijhoff Publishers from Volume 7 onwards.

Edited by Marsha Hill and Stewart Asquith

This volume examines, from a number of different perspectives, the implications of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, for justice for children. The contributors are drawn from a cross-section of the community of individuals with an interest in or responsibility for children: academics, practitioners, policy makers and researchers. It therefore blends the academic with the practical and has immediate relevance for those researchers, lawyers, academics, fieldworkers and policy makers whose concern is children's rights.
Justice for Children is based on proceedings of the International Conference on Justice for Children, held in Glasgow, September 1992

Edited by Catherine Brölmann, René Lefeber and Marjoleine Zieck

The revival of group consciousness in Eastern European countries in the wake of the Cold War has put the protection of subnational groups high on the political agenda. The present book bears witness to the renewed interest in the legal position of subnational groups in international law.
This book and the Conference, at which provisional versions of most of the contributions were presented, originate in perceived deficiencies of contemporary international law to protect subnational groups within a legal framework of which the principal subjects are states. Divided into three parts, the book commences with an analysis of the antagonistic relation between the right of peoples to self-determination and the right of states to territorial integrity, and the need to redefine these concepts in the post-Cold War era. The book continues with the highly controversial issue of the attribution of rights to subnational groups and the identification of subnational groups which would be entitled to such rights. The second part deals with the identification and protection of peoples and minorities at different levels of organization, viz. subnational, national and supranational. This part is followed by an analysis of the modes and means by which international obligations vis-à-vis subnational groups can be enforced. Not only the judicial means are considered, but also the justifiability of recourse to military means to the cause of subnational groups.
This book not only provides an in-depth analysis of contemporary international law with respect to the protection of peoples and minorities, but also of the law as it is developing in the post-Cold War era.

The Strength of Diversity

Human Rights and Pluralist Democracy


Edited by Allan Rosas, Jan Helgesen and Diane Goodman

Edited by Yoram Dinstein and Mala Tabory

From the dawn of modern international law, manifold treaties (especially peace treaties) have recognized the rights of specific minorities in specific territories. Today -- with Eastern Europe once more in turmoil and with minority groups all over the world clamouring for recognition -- there is a growing awareness that, irrespective of the observance of the fundamental freedoms of individuals, minority groups have their legitimate interests that must be appreciated and accommodated.
This collection of essays grew out of an international legal colloquium, held at the Faculty of Law of Tel Aviv University in March 1990. Some of the papers have already been published in volume 20 of the Israel Yearbook on Human Rights, but others are printed here for the first time.
The authors come from different parts of the world and represent different legal backgrounds. They are by no means at one in their analysis of the human rights of minority groups, but they all share the sense that problems of minorities cannot be brushed aside or glossed over. It is not too hazardous to forecast that these problems will actually intensify in the 21st century. Whereas they cannot be solved through exclusively legal means, international and constitutional lawyers must do their utmost to identify flash points and to offer at least some prescriptive guidelines. This is the principal purpose of the present volume.


Edited by George J. Alexander

Although the legal problems of the elderly are as old as humankind, they have taken on current prominence for another reason: lifespan has increased markedly in recent years. Persons who would, given their age, have been the elders of the past and would have been expected to be focused on their imminent death are now, as a group, robust and well. They have better survived the ravages of time than have the plans fashioned when life expectancy was much lower. Questions concerning social status, expectations of living standards, general assistance and medical care all have become far more important and considerably more difficult. As life has become longer, and death more controllable, the issue of a person's right to choose death over diminished quality of life has also become far more complicated.
This interesting book provides the reader with a selection of perspectives from scholars in different parts of the world on various branches of `elderlaw'. Questions of social obligations to elders and elders'rights and duties are addressed as they arise in the United States, Japan, Greece, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Canada, and England.
The compilation does not attempt to map out the field nor to make country-by-country comparisons of the issues discussed. Rather, it shows some commonality of concerns and in the identification of problems and proposals for their solution.