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The Break-up of Yugoslavia and International Law

ISBN 9780415253529
Published September 20, 2001 by Routledge
292 Pages

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Book Description

The demise of the former Yugoslavia was brought about by various secessionist movements seeking international recognition of statehood. This book provides a critical analysis from an international law perspective of the break-up of Yugoslavia.
Although international recognition was granted to the former Yugoslav republics of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Hercegovina and Macedonia, the claims of secessionist movements that sought a revision of existing internal federal borders were rejected. The basis upon which the post-secession international borders were accepted in international law involved novel applications of international law principles of self-determination of peoples and uti possidetis. This book traces the developments of these principles, and the historical development of Yugoslavia's internal borders.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Nationalism and Self-Determination
3. The 'Nation' as a 'People'
4. The Principle of Uti Possidetis in Latin America
5. The Principle of Uti Possidetis in Asia & Africa
6. The National Question and Internal Administrative Borders in Yugoslavia 1918-1991
7. The International Response to and Course of the Yugoslav Secessions
8. The Badinter Commission: Secession, Self-Determination and Uti Possidetis

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