Journal Article

Settling Self-determination Conflicts: Recent Developments

Marc Weller

in European Journal of International Law

Published on behalf of The EJIL

Volume 20, issue 1, pages 111-165
Published in print February 2009 | ISSN: 0938-5428
Published online February 2009 | e-ISSN: 1464-3596 | DOI:
Settling Self-determination Conflicts: Recent Developments

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Self-determination conflicts outside the colonial context have previously appeared virtually impossible to settle. Long-running and very destructive internal armed conflicts have been the result. Since the termination of the Cold War, however, there has been a veritable wave of self-determination settlements. While some of these trade the claim to secession for internal autonomy in order to safeguard the territorial unity of the state, a number of innovative solutions have been adopted, going beyond this traditional approach. This article reviews over 40 settlements and draft settlements in order to identify an emerging post-modern pattern of practice of settling self-determination disputes. The article also assesses the impact of this practice on the classical, restrictive understanding of the doctrine of self-determination.

Journal Article.  26736 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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