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Contested Territories and International Law A Comparative Study of the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and the Aland Islands Precedent

By Kamal Makili-Aliyev Copyright 2020

    This book considers the possibilities for resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict in the context of comparative international law. The armed conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the territory of the Nagorno-Karabakh has been on the peace and security agenda since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. This volume draws parallels with a similar situation between Sweden and Finland over sovereignty of the Aland Islands in the early 20th century. Resolved in 1921, it is argued that this represents a model autonomy solution for territorial conflicts that include questions of territorial integrity, self-determination and minority rights. The book compares both conflict situations from the international law perspective, finding both commonalities and dissimilarities. It advances the application of the solution found in the Aland Islands precedent as a model for the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict, and provides appropriate recommendations for its implementation. The book will be of interest to academics, researchers and policymakers in the areas of international law and security, conflict resolution and international relations. The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.


    Chapter I: Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict in the International Law;

    Chapter II: The International Law in the Aland Islands Precedent;

    Chapter III: Nagorno-Karabakh and Aland Islands Cases Compared;

    Chapter IV: Aland Islands Precedent as a Model for the Resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict;



    Kamal Makili-Aliyev is an Associate Professor at Malmo University, Sweden, researcher at the Faculty of Law of Lund University and at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. He previously worked in the fields of international law and international relations (specializing in the international security, defense and conflict) as the Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Strategic Studies (SAM) and as the Senior Legal Officer in the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan. Kamal Makili-Aliyev has also served as a Vice-Rector of Lomonosov Moscow State University Baku Branch and Senior Legal Advisor at the Constitutional Court of Azerbaijan. He is a Fellow of National Security Institute in Amherst, MA (U.S.).