On self-determination as a principle in international law: a special issue of Ethnopolitics
Special Issue: Self-determination—A Double-edged Principle. See especially:
Oded Haklai, ‘From Independent Statehood to Minority Rights: The Evolution of National Self-determination as an International Order Principle in the Post-State Formation Era’, Ethnopolitics,14, 5 , 2015, pp. 461-469.
Abstract: The principle of self-determination has evolved considerably over the past century. Whereas in the twentieth century, it provided the premise for independent statehood, in the twenty-first century, the focus has shifted to minority rights within existing states. This article traces and explains the reasons for this evolution.
Mark R. Beissinger,’Self-determination as a Technology of Imperialism: The Soviet and Russian Experiences’, Ethnopolitics,14, 5 , 2015, pp. 479-487.
Abstract: Self-determination is widely understood as an anti-imperial norm responsible in significant part for the global break-up of empires. But self-determination norms have been utilized as well to justify Great Power territorial expansion. This essay examines the ways in which self-determination norms have been wielded by the Soviet Union and Russia to justify overriding sovereignty norms, challenge the territorial integrity of weaker states, and rationalize an expansion of power and influence—despite opposition by a majority of inhabitants of the affected areas, the conflicting self-determination claims of indigenous populations, massive Russian settler colonization, and the opinions of the international community.
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