Multinational Integration, Cultural Identity and Regional Self-Government

Comparative Experiences for Tibet

Edited by Roberto Toniatti, Jens Woelk

© 2015 – Routledge

296 pages

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Hardback: 9780415525350
pub: 2016-05-28

About the Book

Multinational Integration, Cultural Identity and Regional Self-Government assesses the current state of the international theory and practice of autonomy in order to pursue the possibility for regional self-government in Tibet. Initiated by a workshop, and roundtable with political representatives from different autonomous regions, including His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, this book brings together a group of distinguished international scholars in order to offer a much-needed enquiry into solutions to the Tibetan quest for substantial autonomy. Examining the Chinese framework of regional self-government, along with key international cases of autonomy in Europe, North America and Asia, the contributors to this volume offer a comprehensive context for the consideration of both Tibetan demands and Chinese worries. Their insights will be invaluable to academics practitioners, diplomats, civil servants, government representatives, international organisations, and NGOs interested in the theory and practice of autonomy, as well as those concerned with the future of Tibet.

Table of Contents

Section One: The Context: Chapter 1: "Autonomy: The State of the Art". An Introduction

Jens Woelk; Chapter 2: "Asymmetric Regionalism in Spain: Catalonia and the Basque Country", Rafael Bustos Gisbert (University of Salamanca);Chapter 3:Devolution in the UK: Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales",John Morrison (Queens University Belfast) Chapter 4: "Settled and Resolved? Trentino-South Tyrol", Francesco Palermo (University of Verona and Eurac, Bolzano/Bozen); Chapter 5: "Quebec’s Relative Autonomy Within Canada: of Power Relations and Democratic Reflexes", François Gaudreault-Desbiens (University of Montreal); Section 2. Asian Experiences, Chapter 6: "The background and mechanisms of the autonomy regulations concerning Aceh", Hans-Joachim Heintze (University of Bochum); Chapter 7: "Burma and Sri Lanka"

David C. Williams (University of Indiana, Bloomington); Chapter 8: "Minority Rights and Forms of Autonomy in India, Thomas Benedikter (Eurac, Bolzano/Bozen); Section 3. Lessons from the Comparative Perspective; Chapter 9: "Power-sharing Compared: Lessons to be Learned",Joseph Marko (University of Graz, Austria, and Eurac, Bolzano/Bozen), Chapter 10: "Implementation and the Importance of Internal and International Guarantees", Michael Van Walt (Kreddha International Peace Council); Chapter 11:"An Asian Comparative Perspective on Regional (and/or Personal?) Autonomy",Andrew Harding (Asia-Pacific Law at the University of Victoria, Canada); Chapter 12: Part Two:Regional Autonomy and Differentiated Territorial Government in China; Section 4. Differentiated Territorial Government in China; Chapter 12: "Foreign Influence and Constitutionalism in the PRC: A Western Perspective on Change and Uncertainty in Contemporary Chinese Legal Culture", John W. Head (University of Kansas); Chapter 13: "The Rule of Law in China:Fundamental Uncertainties About "Decoding" a Fundamental Concept", John W. Head (University of Kansas); Chapter 14: "Chinese Policies on Regional Self-Government", Michael C. Davis (University of Hong Kong), Chapter 15: "One Country, Two Systems: Hong Kong’s Constitutional Powers", Yash Ghai (University of Hong Kong); Section 5. Potential for Tibet?; Chapter 16: "The Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy: The Legal Dimension"; The Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy for Tibet; Conclusion: "One Country, Three Systems: The Tibetan Quest for Autonomy, Between European Experiences and Asian Perspectives", Roberto Toniatti (University of Trento).

About the Series

Law, Development and Globalization

During the past two decades, a substantial transformation of law and legal institutions in developing and transition countries has taken place. Whether prompted by the policy prescriptions of the so-called Washington consensus, the wave of  democratization, the international human rights movement or the emergence of new social movements, no area of law has been left untouched. This massive transformation is attracting the attention of legal scholars, as well as scholars from other disciplines, such as politics, economics, sociology, anthropology and history. This diversity is valuable because it promotes cross-disciplinary dialogue and cooperation. It is also important because today the study of law cannot ignore the process of globalization, which is multifaceted and thus calls for inter-disciplinary skills and perspectives. Indeed, as globalization deepens, legal institutions at the national level are influenced and shaped by rules, practices and ideas drawn, imposed or borrowed from abroad.

This book series provides a platform for scholars and development practitioners concerned with the nature, scope and impact of the legal changes taking place in developing and transition countries. Proposals for monographs or edited collections are invited in the following areas:

- Theoretical studies that consider issues such as the relationship between law and social change, law and political institutions, the linkages between domestic and international legal regimes and the rights approach to development
- Case studies on topics such as access to justice, land law, legal pluralism, legal systems and institutions, social movements, participation and constitutionalism, corporate social responsibility, international standards and domestic laws, trade and investment and gender and equal opportunity law
- Policy studies that provide practical information and analysis about the design, implementation and evaluation of projects aimed at transforming legal institutions.

To discuss or propose an idea for a book, please contact:
Professor Julio Faundez
e-mail Tel. + 44 (0) 2476 523119.
School of Law, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, United Kingdom

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Comparative
LAW / International
LAW / Jurisprudence
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Comparative