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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]


Daniel Thürer, Thomas Burri

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 28 February 2024

Secession — Sovereignty

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

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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