Legal Problems Arising from the Dissolution of the Mali Federation<sup>*</sup>

Rosalyn Higgins Dbe Qc

in Themes and Theories

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780198262350
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682322 | DOI:
Legal Problems Arising from the Dissolution of the Mali Federation*

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This chapter examines political problems resulting from the dissolution of the former Federation of Mali into the separate sovereign states of Senegal and Mali. The former Mali Federation was composed of the Republic of Senegal and the Soudanese Republic, both former colonies of France. On August 20, 1960, the Senegalese Assembly, after a series of political crises, passed a decree annulling its participation in the Mali Federation and denying any further competence over it by the Federation. The Government of Soudan immediately denied the lawfulness of this action, but the Government of Senegal claimed that its secession was legal. It seems likely that the autonomous States of Senegal and Soudan achieved recognition of sovereignty and independence at the same time as did the Federation of Mali which they composed. The Government of Senegal has defended its withdrawal from the Federation on grounds other than the right of secession; namely, that breaches by Sudanese Federal Government officers, of basic terms of the constitution, had rendered the constitution legally worthless.

Keywords: Mali; Senegal; Soudan; France; dissolution; secession; constitution; independence; sovereignty

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Subjects: Public International Law

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