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School of Law

SOLM074 Secession and Self-Determination in International Law (Not running 2022-23)

Module Description

In this module students will study and debate how the creation of new "States by way of secession and self-determination can be reasonably embedded in the existing international legal framework of State succession and State continuity" (especially in the light of the ICJ’s Kosovo Opinion); whether and under what conditions separation/secession is in conformity with international law; and which status "old" and "new" States have under international law. In general, this module pursues the goal of investigating the applicable legal instruments and potential scenarios in the context of the creation of new "States" in a critical and analytical way.

Applicable Groupings

  • LLM in Human Rights Law
  • LLM in Public International Law

Mode of Assessment

3,000-4,000 word essay


15 Credits

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