ECMI Working Paper #93 is now online. The paper by Raphaëlle Mathieu-Bédard focuses on the notion of “institutional completeness” in Canada.
The concept of ‘institutional completeness’, which refers to the organizational influence of a minority group and the degree to which it can provide its members with all necessary services, has recently enjoyed renewed interest in Canada. ‘Institutional completeness’ could represent an interesting avenue of ‘non-territorial autonomy’ for European
minorities, one that might curtail some of the issues associated to current arrangements
delegating power and autonomy to minorities, which often remain more ornamental than
substantial. This paper exposes the recent jurisprudential developments in Canada
pertaining to the modernization and revival of the concept of ‘institutional completeness’,
most notable in the sphere of education for Francophone minority groups living outside of
the province of Quebec, and encourages an in-depth exploration of the concept and of its
potential not only for the autonomy of minorities, but also as a means of compensation for
past harms and injustices.
About the author:
Raphaëlle Mathieu-Bédard holds a Master’s degree in Political Theory from McGill University (Canada). Her academic research interests include minority rights and identity politics, nationalism and belonging, as well as the ethics of territorial and non-territorial autonomy arrangements for national minority groups. She was an intern at the ECMI in end-2015 working in the research cluster on Justice and Governance.