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Governmental Illegitimacy in International Law$
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Brad Roth

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780199243013

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199243013.001.0001

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Ascertaining the will of “Peoples”: Governmental Legitimacy and Self-Determination

Ascertaining the will of “Peoples”: Governmental Legitimacy and Self-Determination

(p.200) (p.201) Chapter Six Ascertaining the will of “Peoples”: Governmental Legitimacy and Self-Determination
Governmental Illegitimacy in International Law

Brad R. Roth

Oxford University Press

This chapter highlights the ways in which self-determination affects the scheme of sovereign equality. It explores the legal significance of the self-determination right in the international system, the methods used to discern the free will of the designated ‘people’ regarding its political status and its representation in the international community, the application of the self-determination right against independent local ruling apparatuses in Rhodesia and South Africa, and the implications of that application for the question of popular sovereignty.

Keywords:   self-determination, sovereign equality, free will, international community, Rhodesia, South Africa, popular sovereignty

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