Unrecognized Entities

Perspectives in International, European and Constitutional Law


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The book, which covers contributions from leading international and European law scholars and analyzes the legal and political status quo of non-recognized entities, comprises three parts. The first and the second part focus on contemporary trends of legal theory and practice concerning issues pertaining to secession and non-recognized entities in international and European law, respectively. Additionally, it touches upon EU policies, the issue of EU citizenship in light of secessionist movements in Europe, and the phenomenon of exterritorial naturalization within non-recognized entities. The third part scrutinizes the legal systems of non-recognized entities in the post-Soviet area, covering Eastern Ukraine, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Transnistria, and Nagorno-Karabakh.

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Benedikt C. Harzl is senior scholar at the Centre for East European Law and Eurasian Studies. He is General Editor of the journal Review of Central and East European Law and the book series Law in Eastern Europe (Brill Nijhoff).

Roman Petrov is Professor of Law, Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law and Head of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the National University "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy" in Ukraine.
Notes on Contributors


  Benedikt C. Harzl and Roman Petrov

part 1
Perspectives in International Law
1 International Law and Non-Recognized Entities Towards a Frozen Future?
  Bill Bowring

2 International Organizations and Non-State Territorial Entities
  Jure Vidmar

3 The Arrow of Passports in the Quiver of Russia Eastern Ukraine, Abkhazia and South Ossetia in Perspective
  Benedikt C. Harzl

4 Investment Disputes in Annexed Crimea from the Perspective of International Law
  Stefan Lorenzmeier

part 2
Perspectives in European Law
5 The EU and Non-Recognized Territories Lessons from the Case Law of the Court of Justice of the European Union
  Peter Van Elsuwege

6 EU Citizenship in Light of Secessionist Movements in the EU
  Aistė Mickonytė

7 Catalonia: Self-Determination, Secession and Integration
  Pau Bossacoma Busquets

part 3
Perspectives from the Field
8 The Legal System of Nagorno-Karabakh International and European Considerations
  Narine Ghazaryan

9 The Legal Systems of the Donetsk/Lugansk People’s Republics International and European Considerations
  Roman Petrov

10 The Legal Systems of Georgia’s Breakaway Regions International and European Considerations
  Gaga Gabrichidze

11 The Legal System of Transnistria International and European Considerations
  Johann Wolfschwenger and Lucia Leontiev

  Concluding Remarks
  Roman Petrov and Benedikt C. Harzl


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