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Preventing the emergence of self-determination as an norm of secession: an assessment of the Kosovo ‘unique case’ argument

Ker-Lindsay, James (2013) Preventing the emergence of self-determination as an norm of secession: an assessment of the Kosovo ‘unique case’ argument. Europe-Asia Studies, 65 (5). pp. 837-856. ISSN 1465-3427

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Identification Number: 10.1080/09668136.2013.805962

Abstract

When Kosovo declared independence, in February 2008, it was stated that the move was not an act of self-determination. Instead, the key states that supported the decision insisted that the case for statehood arose from a unique set of circumstances. Kosovo was not a precedent; it was a sui generis case in international politics. This essay considers the arguments underpinning this claim to exclusivity and argues that, taken either individually or collectively, the main justifications used to support Kosovo's ‘unique’ statehood—such as the abuse of human rights—in fact have serious consequences for other separatist conflicts elsewhere.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/ceas20/current
Additional Information: © 2013 University of Glasgow
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DR Balkan Peninsula
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2013 14:02
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 10:34
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/51017

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