The Emergence of Humanitarian Secession as an International Response to Serious Violations of Human Rights

  • Juan Francisco Escudero Espinosa


The concept of secession is far from having a precise content in current international law. Moreover, this question is particularly controversial when it comes to recognition of a right to secede, which many deem incompatible with the principles upheld by the UN Charter. In view of this, as noted above, it must be concluded that international law takes a neutral position and neither recognizes nor prohibits secession. In contrast, it is unanimously accepted that undertaking secession is illicit when it is linked to infringements of any peremptory norms of international law.


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  • Juan Francisco Escudero Espinosa
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  1. 1.Faculty of LawUniversity of LeonLeonSpain

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