Review of Yaël Ronen, Transition from Illegal Regimes in International Law, Cambridge University Press, Paperback Version 2013
2 Pages Posted: 13 Nov 2014
Date Written: August 11, 2014
In Transition from Illegal Regimes in International Law, which is the commercial version of a PhD thesis defended at Cambridge University, Yaël Ronen examines the legal and political constraints which post-transition regimes face when pondering a return to the law applicable before a prior illegal regime came to power. Examples, also discussed at length in the book, are the Baltic States’ contemplated policy of erasing the Soviet Union’s imprint on their legal systems during the period of – illegal – annexation between 1940 and 1990, and Timor-Leste’s struggle to come to terms with the legal changes brought about by Indonesia’s – illegal – presence between 1975 and 1999.
Ronen does not disappoint. In a meticulously researched and very well-written book, she focuses on six case-studies, and analyzes in particular, also from a doctrinal perspective, the effect of transition from an illegal regime on treaty relations of the territory, the domestic law of the territory, settlers implanted by illegal regimes, and land titles.
Keywords: internation al law, illegal regimes, recognition, transition
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