The Collective and Democratic Right of All Peoples to Freely Determine Their Political Status
From Jennifer Bolton
Please join us for the next discussion in our series on Democratic Governance and the Question of Self-Determination with Daniel Turp, President of the Research Institute on Self-Determination of Peoples and National Independence (IRAI), and Professor Emeritus at the Faculty of Law at Université de Montréal, on "The Collective and Democratic Right of All Peoples to Freely Determine Their Political Status."
Questions of self-determination are ever-present within the world order created by the United Nations and, if anything, they seem to be increasingly present, creating a difficult test for the international community and its institutions. The European Union is no exception to this and several national communities claim their right to self-determination in respect to one of its Member States. So far, the European Union has painstakingly avoided any involvement in these political disputes and has supported whatever course of action the concerned Member States have had to these demands, arguably overlooking some of the democratic principles that are the basis of the Union.