The Territorial Dimension of Self‐Determination

Margaret Moore

in National Self-Determination and Secession

Published in print October 1998 | ISBN: 9780198293842
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599941 | DOI:
 The Territorial Dimension of Self‐Determination

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This chapter examines one of the most serious problems with the principle of self‐determination, viz., that this concept does not tell us who the peoples are that are entitled to self‐determination or the jurisdictional unit that they are entitled. It examines indigenous, historical, superior culture, and occupancy arguments for rights to a particular territory and suggests normative principles for thinking about jurisdictional units.

Keywords: administrative boundaries; culture; history; jurisdiction; national self‐determination; occupancy; territorial rights; territorial units

Chapter.  11140 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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