Scotland/UK Secession: International Legal Considerations

32 Pages Posted: 25 Jan 2014 Last revised: 27 Jul 2014

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George Revel

Leicester Law School, Students

Date Written: September 1, 2012


(Masters Thesis) In light of the upcoming 2014 Scottish independence referendum, this paper examines the classical and non-classical criteria of statehood required by international law for regions emerging from existing states by means of independence referendums. Also considered is the effect of legitimacy surrounding the referendum and secession processes on the political disposition of other states towards recognition of a future independent Scottish state.

Keywords: secession, Scotland, independence, Montevideo Convention, recognition theory, Estrada doctrine, referendums, legitimacy, deliberative democracy, constitution, Quebec

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Revel, George, Scotland/UK Secession: International Legal Considerations (September 1, 2012). Available at SSRN: or

George Revel (Contact Author)

Leicester Law School, Students ( email )

United Kingdom

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