The United Nations: Friend or Foe of Self-Determination?

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The purpose of this edited collection is to appraise the role of the United Nations in relation to the principle of self-determination. This book takes a practical approach to discussing what role the UN plays in cases of self-determination and, importantly, it also ventures beyond this area’s usual discussions of the inherent conflict between self-determination and sovereignty. The chapters address the pursuit of the right to self-determination through a variety of case studies, such as post-statehood in South Sudan and East Timor; Indigenous peoples; hybrid self-determination in post-intrastate conflict; the balancing of the human rights approach in Cyprus; remedial right to secede in the cases of failed states; Palestinian and Sahrawi resistance; geopolitics in Jammu and Kashmir; and the forgotten story of micro-states. Overall, this collection shows that the solutions may be found in moving the paradigm beyond the state-centrism of the system and the UN itself.

Edited by: Jakob R. Avgustin

Contributors: Ed Brown, Cristiana Carletti, Moara Assis Crivelente, Sheryl Lightfoot, David B. MacDonald, Tobias Nowak, Archie W. Simpson, Kerstin Tomiak, Charis van den Berg and Stephen P. Westcott.


Table of contents

INTRODUCTION – Jakob R. Avgustin

  1. SELF-DETERMINATION AS A PROCESS: THE UNITED NATIONS IN SOUTH SUDAN – Kerstin Tomiak
  2. THE UNITED NATIONS AND SELF-DETERMINATION IN THE CASE OF EAST TIMOR – Jakob R. Avgustin
  3. THE UNITED NATIONS AS BOTH FOE AND FRIEND TO INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND SELF-DETERMINATION – Sheryl Lightfoot and David B. MacDonald
  4. SUSTAINING PEACE AND INTERNAL SELF-DETERMINATION IN THE UN PERSPECTIVE – Cristiana Carletti
  5. ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES TO SELF-DETERMINATION APPLIED TO THE CYPRUS CONFLICT – Charis van den Berg and Tobias Nowak
  6. THE UNITED NATIONS, SELF-DETERMINATION, STATE FAILURE AND SECESSION – Ed Brown
  7. SELF-DETERMINATION AS RESISTANCE: SAHRAWI AND PALESTINIAN STRUGGLE FOR THE UN – Moara Assis Crivelente
  8. SELF-DETERMINATION AND STATE SOVEREIGNTY: THE CASE OF UN INVOLVEMENT IN JAMMU AND KASHMIR – Stephen P. Westcott
  9. REVISITING THE UNITED NATIONS AND THE MICRO-STATE PROBLEM – Archie W. Simpson

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