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Free Association: The United States Experience


Chimène I. Keitner


University of California Hastings College of the Law

W. Michael Reisman


Yale University - Law School


Texas International Law Journal, Vol. 1, No. 39, 2003

Abstract:     
This article outlines the basic features of free association, one of the three options for a self-determining people under U.N. General Assembly Resolution 1541. It examines the relationship between the United States and Puerto Rico (previously examined in Michael Reisman's 1975 Puerto Rico and the International Process), and the relationship between the United States and the four states that comprised the former Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. Three states have compacts of free association with the United States: the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau. The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico also enjoy significant internal self-government and a degree of separate international personality. The authors argue that free association arrangements in contemporary international law encompass a range of relationships that can enable weaker states to promote their core values by associating with more powerful states. Associations must be voluntary, and they invite ongoing appraisal by the international community to ensure that the association does not unduly subordinate the weaker state.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 64

Keywords: free association, self-determination, international law, puerto rico, trust territories

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Date posted: October 5, 2006 ; Last revised: November 13, 2012

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Keitner, Chimène I. and Reisman, W. Michael, Free Association: The United States Experience. Texas International Law Journal, Vol. 1, No. 39, 2003. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=933738

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Chimène I. Keitner (Contact Author)
University of California Hastings College of the Law ( email )
200 McAllister Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States

W. Michael Reisman
Yale University - Law School ( email )
P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520-8215
United States
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