Unilateral Declarations of Independence in International Law

D. French (ed.), Statehood, Self-Determination, and Minorities: Reconciling Tradition and Modernity in International Law, Cambridge University Press, (2013), pp. 60–78

Posted: 27 May 2013

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Jure Vidmar

Maastricht University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: September 1, 2012

Abstract

This paper is concerned with the question of illegality of a UDI in international law. It focuses on two interrelated issues: (1) the relationship between a UDI and the principle of territorial integrity of states and, (2) the interpretation that a UDI may be, under certain circumstances, issued in violation of international law. The paper demonstrates that UDIs are usually ineffective, but not automatically illegal under international law.

Keywords: unilateral declaration of independence, territorial illegality, international legal neutrality

Suggested Citation

Vidmar, Jure, Unilateral Declarations of Independence in International Law (September 1, 2012). D. French (ed.), Statehood, Self-Determination, and Minorities: Reconciling Tradition and Modernity in International Law, Cambridge University Press, (2013), pp. 60–78, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2270092

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