Secession: International Law Perspectives

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März 2006



Secession is the creation of a new State through the separation of part of the territory and population of an existing State. It is often a source of conflict, since the latter State is generally not willing to admit its dismemberment. This book offers a comprehensive study of secession from an international law perspective examining the question of secession regionally in Africa, Asia and the Pacific region, Europe and Latin America.


List of contributors; List of abbreviations; Table of cases; Table of international instruments; Table of national legislation; Foreword; Introduction Marcelo G. Kohen; Part I. The Foundations of International Law and their Impact on Secession: 1. Secession and self-determination Christian Tomuschat; 2. Secession, terrorism and the right of self-determination Andrew Clapham; 3. Secession and external intervention Georg Nolte; 4. The role of recognition in the law and practice of secession John Dugard and David Raic; 5. The state as a 'primary fact': some thoughts on the principle of effectiveness Theodore Christakis; 6. A normative 'due process' in the creation of states through secession Antonello Tancredi; 7. Secession and the law of state succession Andreas Zimmermann; 8. Are there gaps in the international law of secession? Olivier Corten; Part II. International and Domestic Practice: 9. The question of secession in Africa Fatsah Ouguergouz and Djacoba Liva Tehindrazanarivelo; 10. International law and secession in the Asia and Pacific regions Li-ann Thio; 11. Secession and international law: the European dimension Photini Pazartzis; 12. Secession and international law: Latin American practice Frida Armas Pfirter and Silvina Gonzalez Napolitano; 13. Lessons learned from the Quebec secession reference before the Supreme Court of Canada Patrick Dumberry; 14. The secession of the Canton of Jura in Switzerland Christian Dominice; Conclusions Georges Abi-Saab; Select bibliography.


Marcelo G. Kohen is Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva.


Review of the hardback: 'All in all, Marcelo Kohen, who has written also an informative introductory chapter to this book, is to be congratulated for this well-conceived, thought-provoking collection of essays. Future studies on the law of secession will find in this book an important reference point and a rich source of information.' Peter Hilpold, Austrian Review of International and European Law
EAN: 9780521849289
ISBN: 0521849284
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2006
Seitenanzahl: 510 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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