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Evolving Concepts of Self-Determination and Autonomy in International Law: The Legal Status of Tibet


Valerie Epps


Suffolk University Law School

October 21, 2008

Journal of East Asia and International Law, Forthcoming
Suffolk University Law School Research Paper No. 08-33

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This article traces the evolution of the concept of self-determination from the end of World War I, through the era of decolonization, to the present day when it has become embedded in the human rights framework and, in limited circumstances, is used to justify secession. Various national and international cases are examined in analyzing the jurisprudence of self-determination, as well as the new European standards for State recognition after secession. The concept of autonomy is also examined as possibly providing a solution for disaffected minority groups within a greater territorial unit. The article then applies the self-determination and autonomy frameworks to Tibet and examines possible solutions for assessing Tibet's international status.

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Date posted: October 21, 2008  

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Epps, Valerie, Evolving Concepts of Self-Determination and Autonomy in International Law: The Legal Status of Tibet (October 21, 2008). Journal of East Asia and International Law, Forthcoming; Suffolk University Law School Research Paper No. 08-33. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1287825

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Boston, MA 02108-4977
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