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Self-Determination of Peoples : A Legal Reappraisal - Antonio Cassese

Self-Determination of Peoples

A Legal Reappraisal

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Published: 11th January 1999
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The self-determination of peoples is a major issue in the world community: both radical and subversive, it serves to grant statehood to oppressed peoples, but also to disrupt existing State structures. This book, the first comprehensive legal account, sets out to trace how this political ideal has turned into an international legal standard. Scrutinising State practice through national digests and UN proceedings the author pinpoints the limits within which this political postulate has gained a foothold in the body of international law and assesses the extent to which it has had an impact on existing legal norms. This is primarily a legal inquiry which, however, looks at law within its historical and political context and, given its judicial underpinning, makes an important contribution to the study of the interplay of law, history, and politics in international relations.

'Overall, this is one of the most comprehensive and useful modern studies of the principle of self-determination in international law'. ASIL Journal

Introduction
The Historical Background
Self-determination as an international political postulate
Self-Determination Becomes an International Legal Standard
Treaty law
The emergence of customary rules: external self-determination
The emergence of customary rules: internal self-determination
The holders of the right of self-determination and the means of ensuring observance of the right
Comparing customary and treaty law
The Right to Self-Determination in Operation
The impact of self-determination on traditional international law
Testing international law - some particularly controversial issues
The role of self-determination in the recent break-up of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia
The New Trends Emerging in the World Community
Attempts at expanding self-determination
General Stocktaking
Recapitulation and conclusion
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ISBN: 9780521637527
ISBN-10: 052163752X
Series: Hersch Lauterpacht Memorial Lectures
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 396
Published: 11th January 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.58