Faṣlnāmah-i Pizhūhish-i Huqūq-i ̒Umūmī (Sep 2015)

The Right to Remedial Secession in the light of National and Regional Judicial Decisions

  • seyd ghasem Zamani,
  • Ali Navari

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 16, no. 46
pp. 9 – 37


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The overwhelming view concerning the unilateral secession under contemporary international law is that, in international law, there is no rule in regard to secession. some international lawyers concentrate upon the principle of respect to territorial integrity of independence and sovereign states and maintain that unilateral secession is unlawful. Meanwhile a moderate and relatively new approach has been proposed by some international lawyers so called “Remedial Secession Doctrine” that according to it, although international law supports territorial integrity of independence and sovereign states in international community, in special circumstances, a state cannot rely on its territorial integrity. The principle of Self-Determination of peoples prevails over Territorial Integrity and so, secession of a part of territory of a state by a people comprising a part of the population of the territory would be possible. Basis and foundation of such argument is relies on inverted reading of the “safeguard clause” embodied in the United Nations General Assembly resolution 2625 that repeated in 1993 Vienna declaration and program of action. this characterize the existence of the Right to Remedial Secession in National and Regional Judicial Decisions.