Self-Determination, Non-Intervention and the Case of Nicaragua

  • Alfonso Garcia-Robles


To define international law applicable to the matter of Nicaragua it is sufficient if we review a selection of international instruments such as the Charter of the United Nations, the two International Covenants on Human Rights and the Charter of the Organization of American States — all of them treaties — and some fundamental declarations of the General Assembly of theo United Nations which, because of their rank, possess an undeniable legal value. Undoubtedly, self-determination and non-intervention are closely linked: for it would be impossible to conceive the exercise of self-determination should intervention be held to be permitted. Nevertheless, following the method used in most cases by competent international organs which have dealt with this matter, both principles will be examined separately, starting with self-determination.


Security Council Social Progress Fundamental Freedom Provisional Measure Friendly Relation 
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© Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs 1986

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