Group Rights

Group Rights: Cultural Difference or Economic and Political Power?

On October 3, 2013, constitutional scholar and advisor Sujit Choudhry (NYU Center for Constitutional Transitions) and moderator Rupak Chattopadhyay (Forum of Federations) joined over 100 people at the Global Centre for Pluralism for a lively dialogue about the drivers of group rights claims in divided societies.


Group rights are usually understood in cultural terms – as tools of cultural autonomy or cultural preservation. But Sujit Choudhry argues that, in societies where ethnicity has become politicized, material rather than cultural concerns frequently motivate group rights claims. Although culture can be important, the main drivers of aggrieved groups tend to be more prosaic: greater access to jobs and equitable political participation.

This Forum was presented in partnership with the Académie Diplomatique Internationale in Paris and the Center for Constitutional Transitions at New York University.


Rupak Chattopadhyay


Sujit Choudhry