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The Creation of States in International Law

James R. Crawford


The increase in the number of States in the 20th century has not abated in recent years. The independence of many small territories comprising the ‘residue’ of the European colonial empires alone accounts for a major increase in States since 1979, while the disintegration of Yugoslavia and the USSR in the early 1990s further augmented the ranks. With these developments, the practice of States and international organisations has developed by substantial measure in respect of self-determination, secession, succession, recognition, de-colonisation, and several other fields. This book discusses th ... More

Keywords: statehood, recognition, small territories, self-determination, secession, succession, de-colonisation, democracy, human rights, international law

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199228423
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228423.001.0001


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James R. Crawford, author
Whewell Professor of International Law, University of Cambridge
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Part I The Concept of Statehood in International Law

Part III The Creation of States in International Organizations