Kosovo: A Precedent?: The Declaration of Independence, the Advisory Opinion and Implications for Statehood, Self-Determination and Minority Rights

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James Summers
Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Aug 25, 2011 - Law - 455 pages
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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Part II Kosovos Unilateral Declaration of Independence
Part III Kosovo and SelfDetermination and Minority Rights
Part IV Implications of Kosovo as a Precedent for Other Regions

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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).

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