From soft to hard law? Culture, identity and languages issues within the Northern Ireland Bill of Rights process

Craig, Elizabeth (2010) From soft to hard law? Culture, identity and languages issues within the Northern Ireland Bill of Rights process. Focaal, 2010 (56). pp. 35-48. ISSN 0920-1297

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Abstract

This article explores the use of soft law by those involved in the drafting of a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland, drawing in particular on the author's experiences as legal adviser to the Culture, Identity, and Language Working Group of the Northern Ireland Bill of Rights Forum. The article reflects on the extent to which the Council of Europe's Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities 1995 and other relevant international instruments can be considered as forms of international soft law. It then highlights controversies that have arisen in debates over the content and scope of provisions addressing culture, identity, and language issues in any future Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Depositing User: Elizabeth Craig
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 21:19
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2012 16:04
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/30752
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