Abstract

This article suggests that viewing the right to self-determination as an enforceable right possibly leading up to secession is no longer tenable, if it ever was. Instead, courts and quasi-judicial tribunals have reconceptualized self-determination as a legal principle rather than a right and have severed the connection with secession. Hence, this article argues that self-determination has been turned into a procedural norm; and this reconceptualization can be defended in terms of republican political theory.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1085-794X
Print ISSN
0275-0392
Pages
pp. 186-206
Launched on MUSE
2006-02-10
Open Access
No
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