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Protecting Ethnic Minorities within Minorities

This Constitution Brief surveys current comparative constitutional practice for different mechanisms and approaches relating to the minorities within minorities challenge. In other words, this brief refers to the protection of minorities within constituent units/states/regions and doesn’t cover the protection of minorities in general.

The brief is divided into the following sections: (i) legal protections for fundamental rights at the central or at the constituent unit level; (ii) local autonomy; (iii) power sharing at constituent unit level; and (iv) forms of nonterritorial autonomy. The last section (v) speaks to particular issues of religious and linguistic minorities.

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