The Kosovo-Opinion and the Art of Saying Nothing (Das Kosovogutachten und die Kunst des Nichtssagens) (in German)
Jusletter, Vol. 126, No. 3, p. 1, October 2010
4 Pages Posted: 1 Nov 2010 Last revised: 13 Dec 2011
Date Written: October 25, 2010
This paper is a comment on International Court of Justice (ICJ), Accordance with International Law of the Unilateral Declaration of Independence in Respect of Kosovo, Advisory Opinion of 22 July, 2010.
After Kosovo’s declaration of independence of 17 February, 2008, a General Assembly resolution, sponsored by Serbia, requested the ICJ to render an advisory opinion on the matter. The Court found that the declaration of independence did not violate international law. The opinion is extremely meager and does not pronounce itself on the question of a right or of a toleration of secession under international law. It has not led to a wave of recognitions of Kosovo. The comment welcomes the outcome of the opinion, but criticizes the method by which the Court reached it.
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Keywords: Kosovo, Declaration of Independence, Secession, Recognition, International Court of Justice, Advisory Opinion, Right to Self-Determination
JEL Classification: K33
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