Taiwan

Rüdiger Wolfrum (ed.), Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, Oxford University Press, Forthcoming

24 Pages Posted: 3 Jan 2020

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Björn Ahl

Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Cologne

Date Written: December 11, 2019

Abstract

The question of Taiwan’s international legal status is one of the most enduring problems in international law. Based on effectiveness, Taiwan appears to comply with the criteria of statehood, but it has not unequivocally asserted a separate legal status as a State, and therefore it cannot be regarded as a State under international law. Moreover, the question of what entity acquired territorial sovereignty over Taiwan needs to be addressed. The contentious legal issues relating to Taiwan’s participation in international organizations and its treatment in diplomatic relations as well as in municipal courts follow from its status as a non-State political entity.

Keywords: Taiwan, international legal status, statehood, de facto regime

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Ahl, Björn, Taiwan (December 11, 2019). Rüdiger Wolfrum (ed.), Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, Oxford University Press, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3502334

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