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National Self-Determination

JOSEPH RAZ

in Ethics in the Public Domain

Published in print August 1995 | ISBN: 9780198260691
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682148 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198260691.003.0006
National Self-Determination

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This chapter deals with the moral justification of the case for national self-determination. It subject lies within the morality of international relations rather than within international law and international relations proper. It assumes throughout that states and international law should recognize such a right only if there is a sound moral case for it. The second section deals with the nature of groups that might be the subject of such a right. The third section considers the value served by the enjoyment of political independence by such groups. The fourth section considers the case for conceding that there is a moral right to self-determination. On the one hand, the right to self-determination is neither absolute nor unconditional. On the other hand, the interests of members of an encompassing group in the self-respect and prosperity of the group are among the most vital human interests.

Keywords: groups; self-government; self-determination; human interest; political independence

Chapter.  10542 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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