Autonomy, Sovereignty, and Self-Determination: The Accommodation of Conflicting Rights

Autonomy, Sovereignty, and Self-Determination: The Accommodation of Conflicting Rights

by Hurst Hannum
     
 

Demands for "autonomy" or minority rights have given rise to conflicts, often violent, in every region of the world and under every political system. Through an analysis of contemporary international legal norms and an examination of several specific case studies -- including Hong Kong, India, the transnational problems of the Kurds and Saamis, Nicaragua, Northern… See more details below

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Demands for "autonomy" or minority rights have given rise to conflicts, often violent, in every region of the world and under every political system. Through an analysis of contemporary international legal norms and an examination of several specific case studies -- including Hong Kong, India, the transnational problems of the Kurds and Saamis, Nicaragua, Northern Ireland, Spain, Sri Lanka, and the Sudan -- this book goes beyond mere slogans and identifies a framework in which ethnic, religious, and regional conflicts can be addressed. This newly revised edition includes two new chapters which expand and update both the topical discussions and the case studies included in the first edition.

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Analyzes contemporary international legal norms and examines case studies of countries including Ireland and Sri Lanka to identify a framework in which ethnic, religious, and regional conflicts can be addressed. Discusses statehood and nationalism; the rights of minorities; and indigenous rights, and surveys contemporary and historical entities and structures created to respond to ethnic tensions. This revised edition includes two new chapters. Of interest to students in international law. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"With the end of the Cold War, ethnic conflict appears to be reemerging as subnational groups fight to be heard and represented. Hence the value of this well-researched volume. Focusing on individuals and groups rather than states, the author searches for means of accommodating conflicting claims. Government legitimacy is seen as resting on more than simple majority rule, on respect for human rights and the effective participation of all the various segments of society in the decision-making process."—Foreign Affairs

"A very useful, comprehensive, and important contribution to the study of international relations, international law, and comparative politics. . . . Impressive."—Choice

"A right of autonomy within international law might help resolve intrastate conflicts between ethnic groups before they escalate into civil war and demands for secession. So Hurst Hannum argues in this excellent book. . . . These are important suggestions about how to use a flexible approach to sovereignty and the right to ethnic self-determination to create a just and ordered multination-state system."—Political Science Quarterly

"This valuable volume chronicles the issues that arise from disputes over minority rights when the state is seen to represent majority groups better. . . . Must reading for scholars interested in the legal dimension of minority conflicts with the state. It should also be required reading for the leadership of nations currently confronting such issues or international actors who could be helpful in resolving them."—American Political Science Review

"A remarkable treatise."—American Journal of International Law

"Hannum has long combined scholarship with involvement in the making of practical policy. The present work displays this most useful combination of perspectives."—Journal of Asian and African Affairs

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812282061
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press
Publication date:
01/28/1990
Series:
Procedural Aspects of International Law
Pages:
514
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

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