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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Condominium and Coimperium

Fred L Morrison

Subject(s):
Sovereignty — Jurisdiction of states, territoriality principle — Territory, non-self-governing — Governments

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

1 A condominium is a territory over which two or more States jointly exercise governmental authority. (see also Governments ). The word coimperium is also sometimes used in this context. There is no formal distinction between the two words. 2 Traditional condominiums involved the joint exercise of sovereign authority (see also Sovereignty ); modern instances frequently involve joint exercise of more limited authority. The States exercising the condominium may administer the territory jointly or they may retain common authority only over major decisions, allowing...
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