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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
The issue of state succession continues to be a vital and complex focal point
for public international lawyers, yet it has remained strangely resistant to
effective articulation. The formative period in this respect was that of
decolonization which marked for many the time when international law 'came of
age' and when the promises of the UN Charter would be realized in an
international community of sovereign peoples. Throughout the 1990s a series of
territorial adjustments placed succession once again at the centre of
international legal practice, in new contexts that went beyond the traditional
model of decolonization: the disintegration of the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia,
and Czechoslovakia, and the unifications of Germany and Yemen brought to light
the fundamentally unresolved character of issues within the law of succession.
Why have attempts to codify the practice of succession met with so little
success? Why has succession remained so problematic a feature of international
law? This book argues that the answers to these questions lie in the political
backdrop of decolonization and self-determination, and that the tensions and
ambiguities that run throughout the law of succession can only be understood by
looking at the relationship between discourses on state succession,
decolonization, and imperialism within the framework of international law.