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Research Handbook on Secession

9781788971744 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Jure Vidmar, Professor of International Law, Department of International and European Law, Sarah McGibbon, PhD Candidate, Department of International and European Law, Faculty of Law, Maastricht University, the Netherlands and Lea Raible, Senior Lecturer in Public Law, School of Law, University of Glasgow, UK
Publication Date: December 2022 ISBN: 978 1 78897 174 4 Extent: c 432 pp
Combining both theoretical and practical insights, the Research Handbook on Secession addresses a wide range of legal issues and concepts surrounding secessions. It considers both well-known examples such as Kosovo and Bangladesh alongside less frequently discussed cases including Somaliland and Palestine. The Research Handbook offers state-of-the-art analysis of international law on – among other topics – statehood, secession, self-determination, as well as comparative constitutional perspectives.

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Combining both theoretical and practical insights, the Research Handbook on Secession addresses a wide range of legal issues surrounding secessions. It considers both well-known examples such as Kosovo and Bangladesh alongside less frequently discussed cases including Somaliland and Palestine, offering state-of-the-art analysis of international law on statehood, secession, self-determination and related topics.

Featuring contributions from a range of international scholars and experts, the Research Handbook discusses what a state is, distinguishes between declarations of independence and secessions, and examines the differences between secessions and the dissolution of states. Chapters provide both international law and comparative constitutional perspectives on issues of secession, inviting the reader to think afresh about the role of international law in territory and statehood. The Research Handbook also argues for the possibility that combining insights from international and constitutional law in particular could move the debate forward.

This incisive Research Handbook will be crucial reading for scholars and students of constitutional and international law, as well as political science academics, with an interest in statehood and secession-related topics. It will further prove useful for international legal practitioners advising on these issues.
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‘Conceptualizing a Handbook on secession in international law based on the contributions of many authors is a particularly daring exercise in view of a historically controversial nature of secession. The Handbook takes a broad view on the concept and thereby succeeds in bringing forward a holistic approach to secession, which approach is to be privileged in modern-day international scholarship.’
– Ineta Ziemele, Judge, CJEU, former Judge of the ECtHR and Latvian Constitutional Court
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Contributors: Pau Bossacoma Busquets, Jean d’Aspremont, James Gerard Devaney, Patrick Dumberry, Tomas Dumbrovsky, Abhimanyu George Jain, Alex Green, Victor Kattan, Pau Luque, Sarah McGibbon, Enrico Milano, Daniel Moeckli, Anne Østrup, Lea Raible, Nils Reimann, Brad R. Roth, James Summers, Silvia Suteu, Kristyna Urbanova, Priya Urs, Jure Vidmar, Niccolò Zugliani
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