Dissertation: Die Grenzen des Selbstbestimmungsrechts der Völker am Beispiel der Ukraine-Krise

Die Grenzen des Selbstbestimmungsrechts der Völker am Beispiel der Ukraine-Krise

Studien zum Völker- und Europarecht, volume 176

Hamburg , 312 pages

ISBN 978-3-339-12136-3 (print)
ISBN 978-3-339-12137-0 (eBook)

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The right of peoples to self-determination is one of the most important concepts of international law. Until the 1990s, it was so effectively applied in international law that in the most cases it was possible to find a compromise between state integrity and the right to self-determination. From the 1990s onward, the conflict between the right to self-determination of peoples and the integrity of the state has intensified to such an extent that the number of secession movements has increased rapidly. Self-determination of peoples is developing into a kind of political instrument for states. Different interpretations of self-determination of peoples lead to the abuse of the right of self-determination by regional and global powers and result in international conflicts. The most recent example of the different interpretations of limits for the right of peoples to self-determination is the Ukrainian crisis, which has been ongoing since 2014. Both sides of the conflict, Russia and Ukraine, invoke the right to self-determination or territorial integrity to justify their own legal position. The book uses the Ukrainian crisis as an example of the collision of two competing rights: on the one hand, the right of peoples to self-determination. and on the other hand the principle of territorial integrity. On the example of the conflict in Ukraine, the author determines limits of the right to self-determination of peoples in modern international law. Further, the author investigatesthe reasons behind an existing framework of the limits, and their effect on the interpretation of the legal norms regulating the right to self-determination.

The question is also posed whether an uncertain scope of the right to self-determination is a consequence of the influence of two contradicting ideologies during the Cold War. The study analyses two opposing teachings of right to self-determination: the doctrines of Lenin and Wilson.

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