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Autonomy and Self-determination

Between Legal Assertions and Utopian Aspirations Edited by Peter Hilpold, Faculty of Law, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Europe has reached a crisis point, with the call for self-determination and more autonomy stronger than it ever has been. In this book, renowned international lawyers give a detailed account of the present state of international law regarding self-determination and autonomy.
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Publication Date: April 2018
ISBN: 978 1 78811 170 6
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  • Law - Academic
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • Legal Philosophy
  • Legal Theory
Europe has reached a crisis point, with the call for self-determination and more autonomy stronger than it ever has been. In this book, renowned international lawyers give a detailed account of the present state of international law regarding self-determination and autonomy.

Autonomy and Self-determination offers readers both an overview of the status quo of legal discussions on the topic and an identification of the most important elements of discussion that could direct future legal developments in this field. This is done through the examination of key issues in abstract and in relation to specific cases such as Catalonia, Italy and Scotland. The book extends past a simple assessment of issues of autonomy and self-determination according to a traditional legal viewpoint, and rather argues that utopian international law ideas are the breeding ground for norms and legal institutions of the future.

This insightful book will be an invaluable read for international lawyers and political science scholars. It provides a clear, yet detailed, analysis of the issues Europe is facing regarding autonomy and self-determination in the face of a historical context, also making it a useful tool for European history scholars.
‘Issues concerning autonomy and self-determination continue to take centre stage in international law and politics. This outstanding collection of chapters brings together leading voices on the subject, to offer expert insights and perspectives on this controversial issue at a time of uncertainty. The work would be of immediate interest to scholars and practitioners of international law, international relations and politics. Students are likely to find the text accessible and well researched, drawing on a multitude of sources.’
– Joshua Castellino, Middlesex University, UK
Contributors include: X. Arzoz, A. Beauséjour, P. Hilpold, H. Hofmeister, E. López-Jacoiste, R. Müllerson, S. Oeter, B. Olmos, B. Roth, M. Suksi, A. Tancredi, D. Turp









Contents:

1. Introduction
Peter Hilpold

2. Self-determination and autonomy – Self-determination and Autonomy: Between Secession and internal self-determination
Peter Hilpold

3. The Relevance of Democratic Principles to the Self-Determination Norm
Brad Roth

4. Self-Determination and Secession: Similarities and Differences
Rein Müllerson

5. The Referendum as an Instrument for the Resolution of Territorial Disputes and for the Exercise of Self-Determination
Markku Suksi

6. Secession as a new constitutional problem: the question of independence in autonomy systems
Ulrike Haider-Quercia

7. ”Conscious uncoupling“ – Legal Aspects of Scot Independence
Hannes Hofmeister and Belen Olmos

8. Autonomy and Self-determination in Spain: Catalonia´s claims for Independence from the Perspective of International Law
Eugenia López-Jacoiste

9. Autonomy and Self-determination in Spain – the constitutional perspective
Xabier Arzoz

10. Italian Approaches to Self-determination: Theory and Practice
Antonello Tancredi

11. The Kurds between discrimination, autonomy and self-determination
Stefan Oeter

12. The Principle of Autonomy, the Right to Self-Determination and the Case of Québec
Daniel Turp and Anthony Beauséjour

Index