The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination: A Commentary

ISBN : 9780198827405

Patrick Thornberry (Emeritus Professor of International Law, Keele University)
576 Pages
171 x 246 mm
Pub date
Mar 2018
Oxford Commentaries on International Law
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This Oxford Commentary is the first comprehensive article-by-article analysis of the provisions of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. It discusses the conceptual and instrumental framework of the Convention and the CERD Committee, and addresses some of the critical challenges confronting the Convention.


1 Introduction: Race and ethnicity in international law
2 Genesis and drafting of the convention
the swastika epidemic, the Cold War, anti-colonialism
3 The Preamble to the Convention: context and themes
4 Discrimination 1: Equality, special measures, and the scope of the Convention
5 Discrimination 2: Grounds and victims of discrimination.
6 Discrimination 3: Intersectionalities, gender, religion
7 Discrimination, public authorities, and private actors
8 Apartheid and segregation
9 Racist and analogous forms of hate speech
10 Racial discrimination and the spectrum of human rights
11 Remedies for racial discrimination
12 Anti-racist education and education for tolerance
13 Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and its procedures: An introduction
14 Reports, individual and inter-state communications, follow-up mechanisms
15 The General Recommendations
16 Early warning and urgent action procedures
17 Petitions and the Colonial Declaration
18 Final clauses 1: Ratifications, reservations, the possibility of denunciation
19 Final clauses 2: Disputes and the role of the International Court of Justice
amendment of the Convention
20 Conclusions and appraisal: The contribution of the Convention, challenges, and prospects

About the author: 

Patrick Thornberry CMG is Emeritus Professor of International Law at Keele University, an Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Nottingham, and a former Visiting Fellow of Kellogg College, University of Oxford. Professor Thornberry was a member of CERD-the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination-from 2001 to 2014 and was rapporteur of that Committee from 2002 until 2008. He is a former Chairman of Minority Rights Group International and has acted as consultant and adviser to a range of international organizations. Patrick Thornberry is the author of numerous works in the field of minority rights, rights of indigenous peoples, and racial discrimination.

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