Uses and abuses in international law

Sovereignty, self-determination and separatism

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We’ve embraced with full enthusiasm the perspective offered to study extensively the uses and abuses of the principle of self-determination in today’s world, since a lot of recent developments are linked to this. That is why my colleagues from the Conflict Prevention and Early Warning Center in Bucharest and myself did a thorough analysis in a lot of cases. We begun with 13 cases, but at the end of the day, the references in each of them are extending the study to far more cases, found worldwide, which touch upon the use and abuse of this principle.The project “Abuses of the principle of self-determination of peoples and the reaction of the international community” is not an easy one to be address, since it creates a tremendous passion and involves a lot of states with different approaches. Lately this principle is approached with a clear difference in views by states situated in the Wider Black Sea Region, in the Western Balkans and in the rest of the world. Thus making sense of field where passions and differences of views are present is as complicated as the realities found on the ground and the interpretation of the international law.


Iulian Chifu


Iulian Chifu is a professor at the National School of Political and Administrative Studies Bucharest and National Defense University Bucharest. He is the former Presidential advisor for strategic affairs, security and foreign policy.


Adriana Sauliuc


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LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing


International Relations, Global Security, International law, separatism, Conflict

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LAW / General