When Is an Entity Entitled to Statehood?
Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs VI : 3 (2012)
5 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2015
Date Written: 2012
Non-independent entities often aspire to statehood because of the notion of sovereignty usually linked to statehood; the desire for independence; the possibility of joining international organizations only open to independent states; the prospect of being involved in foreign affairs; the right to use force in self defense; the sovereign immunity of states in foreign courts for acts de jure imperii; the immunity of diplomatic agents; the desire for self-determination, etc. No wonder the Palestinian entity (often called Palestine) also wishes to become a state. At the time of this writing (summer 2012), Palestine has not been considered eligible for statehood by the UN or by the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, but it has been admitted as a member state to UNESCO. Under these circumstances, it behooves us to examine the traditional conditions for statehood, and then discuss whether an additional or alternative criterion has developed.
Keywords: Independence, entities, statehood, sovereignty, international, foreign affairs
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