Conclusion: Just War Theory and the Ethics of Secession

Bruno Coppieters

in Contextualizing Secession

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780199258710
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601880 | DOI:
 Conclusion: Just War Theory and the Ethics of Secession

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Structural affinities between the moral analysis of the use of force and that of unilateral forms of secession makes it possible to apply the criteria derived from the just war tradition to cases of secession. The ‘jus ad bellum’ criteria of ‘just cause’, ‘right intentions’, ‘legitimate authority’, ‘likelihood of success’, ‘proportionality’, and ‘last resort’ are applied to the cases of Northern Italy, Corsica, Cyprus, Northern Ireland, Yugoslavia, Tatarstan, Chechnya, Abkhazia, Taiwan, and Quebec.

Keywords: Abkhazia; Chechnya; Corsica; Cyprus; Lega Nord; Nationalism; Northern Ireland; Quebec; secession; Taiwan; Tatarstan; Yugoslavia

Chapter.  13202 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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