Tackling Racial Discrimination: Application of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Qatar v. The United Arab Emirates)

Simona Andra OBROCARU*

Abstract: The present article will be based on the examination and analysis of the racial discrimination issue and it will explain and present aspects that are relevant for the case study (The State of Qatar v. The United Arab Emirates). The purpose of this paper is to shed light on the racial discrimination matter and to reach the core of this problematic by offering a more comprehensive understanding for the situation as a whole. Bearing this in mind, we will also be analysing other similar cases in which common elements can be found: Koptova v. Slovak Republic, Dragan Durmic v. Serbia and Montenegro, Ms. L.R. et al v. Slovak Republic (Dobsina). The paper presents an objective and a realist approach in order to propose a series of solutions for a peaceful and rightful settlement of the conflict between the UAE and Qatar. The conclusions reached by following a thorough analysis can be summarized by stating that racial discrimination should be taken more seriously by the national courts and tribunals, so that it would not be necessary for so many complaints to be addressed international bodies.

Key-words: racial discrimination, dispute.

*Graduate Student, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Department of International Relations and European Integration. The opinions expressed in this paper are solely the author’s and do not engage the institutions she belongs to.

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