Statehood for Break Away Regions

JURIST is seeking the opinion of experts and practitioners on the effects that "break-away" and/or autonomous regions have on international law, and the effects that international law has on the search for statehood in these regions.

Potential topics could include:

  • Accession to international agreements for self-declared states

  • Requirements for statehood in international law, and application to a specific region

  • Internal issues, such as allocation of debt or military materiel within a state that is breaking up

  • Historical lessons from the transitions of the USSR, the reunification of Germany, or other examples

From Transnistria, Abkhazia and Ossetia, to Palestine, ISIS and Taiwan, many regions have declared themselves independent and/or been granted a degree of autonomy from their putative parent states. What does this mean at an international law level? Is it proper for an established nation-state to interact with the appointed leader of a "break-away" region? What does the proliferation of these states say about the status of the Westphalian view of world order?

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Our pieces are around 1200 words, must be original (no plagiarism or republishing) and must have a legally-oriented thesis.

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