18 mars 2013

OUVRAGE : D. French (ed.), Statehood and Self-Determination

Catherine MAIA

The concepts of statehood and self-determination provide the normative structure on which the international legal order is ultimately premised. As a system of law founded upon the issue of territorial control, ascertaining and determining which entities are entitled to the privileges of statehood continues to be one of the most difficult and complex issues.

Moreover, although the process of decolonisation is almost complete, the principle of self-determination has raised new challenges for the metropolitan territories of established states, including the extent to which 'internal' self-determination guarantees additional rights for minority and other groups. 

As the controversies surrounding remedial secession have revealed, the territorial integrity of a state can be questioned if there are serious and persistent breaches of a people's human rights. This volume brings together such debates to reflect further on the current state of international law regarding these fundamental issues.


Foreword James Crawford
Introduction Duncan French

Part I. Statehood and Recognition:
1. Entities that can be states but do not claim to be - Yaël Ronen
2. Unilateral declarations of independence in international law - Jure Vidmar
3. The myth of remedial secession - Katherine Del Mar
4. International responses to the secession attempts of Kosovo, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, 1989–2009 - Grace Bolton
5. The paradox of Kosovo's Parallel Legal Orders in the Reasoning of the Court's Advisory Opinion - Alexandros X. M. Ntovas
6. The politics of recognition: the question about the final status of Kosovo - Jessica Almqvist
7. Revisiting lessons on the new law of statehood: Palestinian independence in a post-Kosovo world - Tamar Megiddo and Zohar Nevo
8. Somaliland: scrambled by international law? - Jackson Nyamuya Maogoto

Part II. Self-Determination:
9. The internal and external aspects of self-determination reconsidered - James Summers
10. Trading fish or human rights in Western Sahara? Self-determination, non-recognition and the EC-Morocco Fisheries Agreement - Martin Dawidowicz
11. Self-determination, peacemaking and peacebuilding: recent trends in African intrastate peace agreements - Kelly Stathopoulou
12. Can religious norms influence self-determination struggles, and with what implications for international law? - Katja Samuel
13. Self-determination, oil and Islam in the face of the League of Nations: the Mosul dispute and the 'non-European' legal terrain - Mai Taha
14. The question of indigenous peoples' rights: a time for reappraisal? - Malgosia Fitzmaurice
15. The Kanak indigenous peoples of New Caledonia: decolonisation and self-determination in practice - Jacqui Zalcberg
16. The ethnic dichotomy of 'self' and 'Other' within Europe: interwar minority protection in perspective - Mohammad Shahabuddin

Part III. Tradition, Opportunities and Challenges: The Changing Nature of the State:
17. A monument, identity and nationhood: the case of the Old Bridge of - Mostar Jadranka Petrovic
18. The impact of supranationalism on state sovereignty from the perspective of the legitimacy of international organisations - Eric De Brabandere
19. Democracy out of instrumental reason? Global institutions and the promotion of liberal governance - Charlotte Steinorth
20. Federated entities in international law: disaggregating the federal state? - Gleider I. Hernández.


Duncan FRENCH (ed.), Statehood and Self-Determination. Reconciling Tradition and Modernity in International Law, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2013 (581 pp.)

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