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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Secession

Daniel Thürer, Thomas Burri

Subject(s):
Foreign relations law — Secession — Sovereignty

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 Secessionist tendencies are a phenomenon that most State [s], if not all, are faced with at some point. And most States, though not all, try to prevent such attempts from succeeding. The objection by the State turns separation, if it occurs, into secession. The unilateral withdrawal from a State of a constituent part, with its territory and its population, constitutes secession stricto sensu . As a consequence of secession, the existing State splits in two: the State continues to exist, but a new State comes into existence concurrently ( New States and...
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