This concluding chapter presents a synthesis of discussions in the previous chapters. It suggests that Sir Henry Maine's account of emancipation — as encapsulated in a move from ‘status to contract’ — may have significance as regards the similar process of emancipation occurring in the middle of the 20th century in the form of decolonization, and for more recent debates concerning the putative ‘fragmentation’ of international law in the early 21st century. It then addresses the question how one might place the experience of decolonization in the context of the developing law of State succession, as experienced through the lens of late 20th-century transition.
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