The Law and Politics of Engaging De Facto States: Injecting New Ideas for an Enhanced EU Role
Author: Benedikt Harzl
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
Place of Publication: Washington DC
Number of pages: 85
"The secessionist entities that emerged out of the turbulent upheavals in the 1990s in the South Caucasus have, over many years and with enormous external assistance, successfully defied the jurisdiction of their metropolitan states. As entities that have attained a status of de facto statehood, they epitomize unresolved conflicts between core principles and doctrines in public international law. This study addresses the interplay between law and politics against this context and problematizes false dichotomies that have arguably hindered the transformation of these territorial disputes. The author devotes particular attention to different ways of engagement with the de facto states below the level of political endorsement."
Benedikt Harzl is Assistant Professor at the Russian East European Eurasian Studies Center (REEES) at the Law School of the University of Graz. In 2016-2017 he was an Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellow in Central European Studies at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.
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