n Journal for Contemporary History - Uti Possidetis? versus self-determination : Orania and an independent "volkstaat"
|Article Title||Uti Possidetis? versus self-determination : Orania and an independent "volkstaat"|
|© Publisher:||University of the Free State|
|Journal||Journal for Contemporary History|
|Publication Date||Sep 2008|
|Pages||78 - 92|
The rights of minority groups to self-determination and secession has become one of the most controversial norms of international law, especially since the "completion" of the decolonization wave which swept over the various continents, countries and islands of the globe. Uti possedetis or the principle of territorial integrity in international law demands that caution should be exercized not to disrupt the territorial integrity of a state (Knop 2002:171). Self-determination is therefore handled with caution, because it is a gravitational pull that potentially fragments national states and creates instability in the international order.
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