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Secession and Statehood
Lessons from Spain and Catalonia

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ISBN 9780367774202
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288 Pages

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Book Description

This book analyses the complex phenomenon of secession as a form of creation of States from the perspective of International Law. Faced with other approaches based on the analysis of the political foundation of the secessionist processes or on the construction of a legal basis that justifies the existing practice, the aim is to provide an explanation of secession as a practice without coverage in the legal regime of the United Nations. United for the self-determination of colonial peoples or in the norms related to the human rights of minorities and indigenous populations, both in that organization and in the regional ones (Organization of American States, Council of Europe or African Union). On the contrary, it is stated that it is a practice that does not comply with international peremptory norms - such as those that prohibit going against the territorial integrity of the States, the use of force or intervention in the internal affairs of other States - and that, even being aware of the inevitable consequences that the effective creation of States and other de facto entities has on trade relations, communications and the rights of individuals, among other matters, however, it should lead to an obligation of non-recognition by States and by International Organizations. As an example of this practice, the secessionist process in Catalonia since 2014 is explained and studied.

Table of Contents

1. Secessionist processes: concept, classification and rationale. Political bases of catalan secessionism  2. The impossible basis of secession in the right of self-determination of peoples designed by the United Nations. Alleged legal bases of catalan secessionism  3. State creation and accession to statehood in international law. First lesson to bear in mind in secessionist attempts such as Catalonia’s  4. The role of recognition in accession to statehood and the obligation not to recognise a secessionist entity as a State. Second lesson for Catalonia and other secessionist entities 

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Ana Gemma López Martín is Professor of Public International Law at the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

José Antonio Perea Unceta is Professor of Public International Law at the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain