Self-Determination, International Law and Post-Conflict Reconstruction: A Right in Abeyance, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Self-Determination, International Law and Post-Conflict Reconstruction

A Right in Abeyance, 1st Edition

By Manuela Melandri


244 pages

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pub: 2018-09-06
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The right to self-determination has played a crucial role in the process of assisting oppressed people to put an end to colonial domination. Outside of the decolonization context, however, its relevance and application has constantly been challenged and debated. This book examines the role played by self-determination in international law with regard to post-conflict state building. It discusses the question of whether self-determination protects local populations from the intervention of international state-builders in domestic affairs. With a focus on the right as it applies to the people of an independent state, it explores how self-determination concerns that arise in the post-conflict period play out in relation to the reconstruction process. The book analyses the situation in Somalia as a means of drawing out the impact and significance of the legal principle of self-determination in the process of rebuilding post-conflict institutions. In so doing, it seeks to highlight how the relevance of self-determination is often overlooked in this context.


'Manuela Melandri’s book makes an important contribution to the study of self-determination, by exploring the potential for the right not just as a mechanism for the break-up of states but a standard in their reconstruction.'

James Summers, University of Lancaster, UK

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Statehood, State Failure and State-building in International Law

Chapter 2: Self-determination and State-building in International Law

Chapter 3: The Right to Self-Determination for the People of an Independent State: An Overview

Chapter 4: The Right to Self-Determination for the People of an Independent State: An Interpretation

Chapter 5: State-building in Somalia 2000-2012: what role for self-determination?

Concluding Remarks

About the Author

Dr Manuela Melandri’s research interests lie at the intersection of international law and post-conflict justice issues. She has published journal articles on the complementarity system of the International Criminal Court, gender justice in post-war settings, just war theory and the ethics of post-conflict reconstruction as well as on the topic of self-determination. She holds a PhD in Law from University College London.

About the Series

Post-Conflict Law and Justice

International law has great relevance in post-conflict contexts, but the complexity of its role, both as a supporting and restraining factor, can be underestimated. This series explores the role of law, and in particular international law, in securing ‘justice’ in post-conflict contexts. The remit of the series extends to matters of law connected to, for example: post-conflict legal reforms and the development of constitutions; the establishment of the rule of law; the place of international organizations in post-conflict; peace-keeping; transitional justice mechanisms (including criminal justice); and discussion of jus post bellum. It also seeks self-reflexive works on notions of post-conflict justice, transitional justice, and similar.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Civil Rights
LAW / Comparative
LAW / Constitutional
LAW / International
LAW / Government / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Comparative