Kosovo: Unilateral Secession and Multilateral State-Making
J. Summers (ed.), Kosovo: A Precedent? The Declaration of Independence, the Advisory Opinion and Implications for Statehood, Self-Determination and Minority Rights, M Nijhoff, (2011), pp. 143-178.
Posted: 27 May 2013
Date Written: June 30, 2010
Kosovo’s Declaration of Independence was unilateral. However, it was internationally coordinated with a number of states which promised recognition in advance. This paper considers the legal effects of international involvement in the state-making process in Kosovo. It argues that a unilateral declaration of independence does not create a state, but its international endorsement can have state-creative effects. Can Kosovo be considered an internationally constituted state?
Keywords: Kosovo, statehood, recognition, international involvement
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