New Beginnings, New Ends

Matthew Craven

in The Decolonization of International Law

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780199217625
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191705410 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Monographs in International Law

 New Beginnings, New Ends

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For those interested in the question of State succession, everything changed with the dramatic events of the 1990s: the dismemberment of the USSR and the SFRY, the partition of Czechoslovakia, and the unification of Germany. State succession, once again, came to the forefront. This chapter shows that for most of those working on succession after 1989, the problem was how to square what they knew about the subject (for which the 1978 Vienna Convention was always a convenient starting point) with what appeared to be happening around them. For some, this was evidently a problem-solving exercise, for others it was a question of principle, for others still it was simply a matter of mapping out what was taking shape by reference to the existing tenets of State succession as they saw them. With certain rare exceptions, it was the dissimilarity between past and contemporary practice that seemed most marked.

Keywords: State succession; decolonization; formalism; treaty continuity; automatic succession; Soviet Union; Yugoslavia

Chapter.  29289 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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