Secessionist Referenda in International and Domestic Law

  title={Secessionist Referenda in International and Domestic Law},
  author={Peter Radan},
  journal={Nationalism and Ethnic Politics},
  pages={21 - 8}
  • Peter Radan
  • Published 1 January 2012
  • Law, Political Science
  • Nationalism and Ethnic Politics
This article assesses the extent to which there is a legal requirement to hold referenda in the context of secessionist claims. If the right to secession is underpinned by the right of peoples to self-determination, ascertaining the will of the relevant people is of undoubted importance in securing political legitimacy. However, the legal requirement for a referendum is limited to cases involving agreements between relevant parties to hold a referendum and to cases where a state's… 

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