Territorial Rights and Uti Possidetis Juris
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Body Politic: a politically organized group of people with a central government authority. Self-determination: a country’s right to determine its own affairs of State. Terra Nullius: land belonging to no one. Territorial integrity: the territory of an independent State and the basis for the sovereignty of states. Uti possidetis, ita possidetis: “as you possess, so may you possess”; used to maintain the boundary lines that exist before a country gains independence from a colonial power. Westphalian: the international law principle of State sovereignty based on the Treaty of Westphalia.
A nation’s unity and territorial integrity are of paramount importance and primary concern for the body politic and the governing authorities. State sovereignty is a cardinal rule of self-determination in international law. The very nature of...
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