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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Tibet

Michael C Davis

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 04 March 2024

Subject(s):
Foreign relations law — Statehood, legitimacy — Sovereignty — Jurisdiction of states, nationality principle — Secession — States, independence — Democracy — Economic, social, and cultural rights — Minorities

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 The Tibetan Autonomous Region (‘TAR’) and 12 other contiguous Tibetan autonomous areas in adjoining provinces, on the high plateau in the south-west of the country, occupy nearly a quarter of contemporary China. The international legal issues surrounding Tibet are best understood through the lens of two critical questions: first, was the Chinese occupation of Tibet legitimate or a violation of the sovereignty of an independent State (Annexation; Legitimacy; Occupation, Belligerent; Occupation, Pacific); and secondly, whether their rule is legitimate or not, do...
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