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Self-Determination and Secession in International Law

Christian Walter, Antje von Ungern-Sternberg, and Kavus Abushov

Abstract

The book reassesses the right to self-determination and secession in the light of recent developments, focusing particularly on the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). What are the implications of self-determination if the principle is applied outside the context of decolonization? The book analyses the role of self-determination and secession in view of challenges to the traditional role of the state, which result from an increasing emphasis on legitimacy rather than stability and sovereignty. The book is divided into a general section and two sections containing case studies. Based on ... More

Keywords: self-determination, secession, CIS, Kosovo, ICJ, peoples, uti possidetis, territory, use of force, recognition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198702375
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702375.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christian Walter, editor
Professor of Law, Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität

Antje von Ungern-Sternberg, editor
Lecturer in Law, Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität

Kavus Abushov, editor
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy

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1 Introduction

Christian Walter and Antje von Ungern-Sternberg

Part I General Issues of Self-Determination and Secession

5 Secession and Use of Force

Antonello Tancredi

7 Secession in the CIS

Thomas Burri1

Part II Case Studies from the Commonwealth of Independent States

8 Transnistria

Bill Bowring

9 South Ossetia

Christopher Waters

10 Abkhazia

Farhad Mirzayev1

11 Nagorno-Karabakh

Heiko Krüger1

Part III Comparative Studies

12 Kosovo

James Summers

13 Western Sahara

Sven Simon

14 Eritrea

Gregory Fox

Postscript

Christian Walter1

End Matter