Transition from illegal regimes under international law

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Yaël Ronen analyses the international legal ramifications of illegal territorial regimes, namely the illegal annexation of territory or illegal declarations of independence, by reference to the stage of transition from an illegal territorial regime to a lawful one. Six case studies (Namibia, Zimbabwe, the Baltic States, the South African Bantustans, East Timor and northern Cyprus) are used to explore the tension between the invalidity of the illegal regime's acts and their effectiveness, with respect to the international relations of such territories, their domestic legal systems, the status of settlers and land transfers. Relying heavily on primary and previously unconsidered sources, she focuses on the international legal constraints on the post-transition regime's policy, particularly in the context of international human rights law.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge; New York
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages356
ISBN (Electronic)0511978146, 0521197775, 1107214998, 113908867X, 1139090135, 1139091042, 113909193X, 1139092448, 1139092952, 1283127423, 9780511978142, 9780521197779, 9781139092951, 9786613127426
ISBN (Print)1107679664, 9781107679665
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2011

Publication series

NameCambridge studies in international and comparative law
PublisherCambridge University Press

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Publisher Copyright:
© Ya¨el Ronen 2011.


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