Kosovo: A Precedent?

The Declaration of Independence, the Advisory Opinion and Implications for Statehood, Self-Determination and Minority Rights

Editor: James Summers
Kosovo’s declaration of independence on 17 February 2008 has had a profound and polarising impact on international relations. While over a third of the world’s countries have recognised Kosovo, others have been concerned that it sets a precedent for secessionist minorities. Indeed, Kosovo appears to have been used as a precedent in the Russia-Georgia conflict over South Ossetia. The book brings together contributions from leading academics on the legal aspects of Kosovo and, in particular, the International Court of Justice’s Advisory Opinion of 2010. The result is an extensive examination from a variety of experts on Kosovo and its impact on international law.
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Biographical Note

James Summers, LL.D (2004) University of Helsinki, is a lecturer in international law and human rights at the University of Lancaster. He has published extensively on self-determination, including Peoples and International Law (Brill, 2007).

Review Quotes

“Scholars, international decision-makers, and governmental operatives should explore this rich vein of practical nuggets. In an arena otherwise laden with sub-surface political animus. This addition to the literature should be lodged in any library or personal collection focusing on secession, self-determination, and a better understanding of what the Kosovo conflict has to offer for contemporary secession discourse.”
American Society of International Law, Newsletter, Issue #43, January 2012.

Readership

This book is of interest for international lawyers, especially those with particular interest in the Balkans, statehood, self-determination and minority rights.

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