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Self-Determination, Decolonization and Territory

Malcolm Shaw

in Title to Territory in Africa

Published in print March 1986 | ISBN: 9780198253792
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681424 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198253792.003.0004
Self-Determination, Decolonization and Territory

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One of the prevailing issues of international relations since 1945 has been the advent of decolonization, whereby several European colonies emerged as sovereign and independent nations. Although decolonization has been much of a debate within international law and the United Nations, it has only really been considered by the judicial organs of the international community in the Namibia and Western Sahara cases. This chapter discusses self-determination, decolonization, and territory, including the questions, issues, and conflicts that arise from nations seeking independence. To provide better understanding of the issues surrounding self-determination and decolonization, it includes an analysis of the Western Sahara case, wherein the right of all peoples to determine their political status and pursue their own economic, social, and cultural development are assessed and examined. Chapter 3 also provides an overview of the nature of the concept of self and territory. Discussion also includes the determination of the self in terms of a defined territorial framework wherein several territorial cases are presented and analysed.

Keywords: decolonization; independent nations; self-determination; territory; Western Sahara; self

Chapter.  22573 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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