This topic is concerned with marginalised populations, sometimes called minorities, the disempowered, subordinates, vulnerable people etc. The language used to describe people who lack voice or power within a certain system or society is in fact one of the issues we will look at in this topic (because a label in itself can be disempowering!). We will also be concerned with questions related to the meaning of marginalisation (or any of the terms used as synonyms) and the difficulties marginalised people face in accessing justice. Our focus is on the ways international law can present both a tool to empower marginalised populations, as well as present barriers originating from a system that itself has not always been overly inclusive. Four groups will receive our specific attention: Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, children and religious minorities.
This topic aims to teach students to:
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