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The Role That Equal Rights and Self-Determination of Peoples can Play in the Current World Community

Abdulqawi A. Yusuf

in Realizing Utopia

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199691661
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738593 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691661.003.0030
The Role That Equal Rights and Self-Determination of Peoples can Play in the Current World Community

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There are two strands of self-determination, one based on Lenin's anti-colonialist principles, the other on Wilson's insistence on the right of a people freely to select its own government. These two strands have been referred to as external and internal self-determination. However, there is also a third normative strand of the principle that was not foreseen in the earlier conceptions of self-determination — the right of peoples freely to pursue their economic, social, and cultural development, and to participate, contribute to, and enjoy such development. Together with internal self-determination, this third strand, which may be called socio-economic self-determination, is likely to contribute in the future to a better realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Two aspects of this third strand are likely to assume growing legal importance in the twenty-first century: one based on the evolution of the principle of permanent sovereignty over natural resources, and the other related to the realization of the equal rights of peoples through the mitigation or elimination of the inequalities inherent in the international economic system.

Keywords: socio-economic self-determination; human rights; freedom; sovereignty; equal rights

Chapter.  8081 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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