Law, Territory and Conflict Resolution

Law as a Problem and Law as a Solution


Prompted by the de facto secession of Crimea in early 2014, Law, Territory and Conflict Resolution explores the role of law in territorial disputes, and therefore sheds light on the legal ‘realities’ in territorial conflicts. Seventeen scholars with backgrounds in comparative constitutional law and international law critically reflect on the well-established assumption that law is ‘part of the solution’ in territorial conflicts and ask whether the law cannot equally be ‘part of the problem’. The volume examines theory, practice, legislation and jurisprudence from various case studies, thus offering further insights on the following complex issue: can law act as an effective instrument for the governance of territorial disputes and conflicts?

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Matteo Nicolini, Ph.D (2005), University of Verona, is Assistant Professor of Comparative Public Law at the University of Verona and Researcher at the Institute for Studies on federalism and Regionalism at the European Academy of Bolzano/Bozen (EURAC). He is author of several publications in Italian, Spanish and English.

Francesco Palermo, Ph.D (1998), University of Innsbruck, is Head of the Institute for Studies on Federalism and Regionalism at the European Academy of Bolzano/Bozen (EURAC) and Professor of Comparative Public Law at the University of Verona. He has over 200 publications in several languages, including 10 monographs, particularly in comparative, Italian and European constitutional law, minority rights, cross-border cooperation, federalism and regionalism.

Enrico Milano, Ph.D (2004), London School of Economics, is Associate Professor of International Law at the University of Verona, where he teaches international law and the law of international organizations. He has written extensively in the field of public international law, especially on the management and settlement of territorial disputes.
About the Authors;
List of Acronyms;
Introduction, Matteo Nicolini, Francesco Palermo and Enrico Milano;
Part 1. Territory and Legal Studies: Reframing the Role of Law in Territorial Conflicts;
1. Territory and Conflicts: Is International Law the Problem? Beatrice Bonafè;
2. Territory and the Law of Ownership: From Misunderstanding to Opportunity, Francesco Palermo;
3. Beyond Majoritarian Autonomy? Legislative and Executive Power-sharing in European Regions, Karl Kössler;
4. Studying Territorial Autonomy as a Multiplicity of Ways to Institutionalise Ethnicity, Alexander Osipov;
5. In Search of a Fair Balance between the Inviolability of Borders, Self-Determination and Secession in International Law, Antonello Tancredi;
6. Territorial Entitlement and Exit Scenarios, Jure Vidmar;
7. Internationalised Territorial Regimes as Solution to Conflicts? Maria Chiara Vitucci;
Part 2. Law and the Dynamics of Territorial Conflicts: Problems and Solutions in Selected Case Studies
8. Transferring Crimea from Russia to Ukraine: Historical and Legal Analysis of Soviet Legislation, Oleksandr Yarmysh and Alina Cherviatsova;
9. Constitutions and Territorial Claims: Lessons from the Former Soviet Space, Caterina Filippini;
10. Territorial (Se)Cession in Light of the Recent Events in Crimea, Veronika Bílková;
11. Multiple Identities in a Unitary State: Tracing the Origins of the Ukrainian Crisis Back, Simone Stefan;
12. Shrinking Autonomy for Tatarstan and Gagauzia: The Perils of Flexible Institutional Design, Federica Prina;
13. The Intractable Case of Northern Kosovo in the Light of the 2013 Brussels Agreement, Enrico Milano;
14. Territorial and Ethnic Divide: A New Legal Geography for Cyprus, Matteo Nicolini;
15. International Economic Law and Conflict Resolution: The West Bank between Dominium, Land Ownership and Land Grabbing, Federica Cristani;
16. Dutch-German Boundary Relations in the Eems-Dollard (Ems-Dollart) Estuary: An Implicit Condominium? Harry H.G. Post;
17. Conclusion: Laws and Conflicts over Territories, Giuseppe Nesi;
Decision-makers, legal scholars, students and anyone concerned with territorial conflict resolution are offered valuable insights into the complexities and ramifications of the unavoidable use of law in territorial disputes.