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Statehood, Self-Determination and Recognition

Parfitt, Rose and Craven, Matthew (2018) Statehood, Self-Determination and Recognition. In: Evans, Malcolm D., ed. International Law. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 177-226. ISBN 978-0-19-879183-6. (doi:10.1093/he/9780198791836.001.0001) (KAR id:64806)


This chapter, which examines various theoretical arguments about recognition, statehood, or sovereignty, discusses the elusiveness of the actual place occupied by the State in legal international thought and practice. In one direction, the existence of a society of independent States appears to be a necessary presupposition for the discipline—something that has to precede the identification of those rules or principles which might be regarded as forming the substance of international law. In another direction, however, statehood is something that appears to be produced through international law following from a need to determine which political communities can rightfully claim to enjoy the prerogatives of sovereignty.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/he/9780198791836.001.0001
Additional information: Dr. Parfitt is currently based at Melbourne Law School, where she is an ARC Discovery (DECRA) Research Fellow. She therefore has a double institutional affiliation: Kent Law School and Melbourne Law School
Uncontrolled keywords: Statehood, Self-Determination, Recognition, International Law, Sovereignty
Subjects: K Law > KZ Law of Nations
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Rose Parfitt
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2017 10:33 UTC
Last Modified: 30 Dec 2021 11:10 UTC
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