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Secession and Self-Determination: A Territorial Interpretation, 16 Yale Journal of International Law 177 (1991)

Abstract

Ethnic violence pervades the news, from Eastern Europe and the Soviet
Republics to Sri Lanka, Eritrea, and India. Although some ethnic struggles
concern issues of domestic political fairness, many involve secessionist
claims. Secessionist demands, unlike claims about domestic political fairness,
cannot be satisfied through domestic political reforms. Instead, they
aim to redraw the political boundaries. Because secessionist movements call
for international recognition of the states they seek to create, they necessarily
concern the world community. The right to secede is a matter of international
law.

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1991

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