Independence for Kosovo?

'Jurist', June 16, 2007

1 Pages Posted: 12 Aug 2013

Date Written: June 7, 2007


Russia is the only Western power that champions Serbia’s territorial claim over Kosovo. All other nations want independence for the former Serbian province. As I argued in a previous editorial for 'Jurist' on this subject, I see no basis whatsoever in law for the UN Security Council’s assertion of power to dispose of Kosovo. Thus whatever Russia’s real motives might be, I think that objectively it is taking a principled position. The Security Council simply must not be allowed to ignore the constraints imposed on its jurisdictional competence by the UN Charter.

Keywords: international law, Kosovo, Russia

JEL Classification: K33, K11, R52

Suggested Citation

D'Amato, Anthony, Independence for Kosovo? (June 7, 2007). 'Jurist', June 16, 2007. Available at SSRN:

Anthony D'Amato (Contact Author)

Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law ( email )

375 E. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

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