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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Continuity of States

Andreas Zimmermann

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 21 May 2024

Subject(s):
Customary international law — Codification — Unification — States, independence — State succession — Military matters — Sovereignty — Territory, acquisition and transfer

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 notion of ‘continuity of States’ (States), which is most often used synonymously with the notion of ‘identity of States’, addresses the question of whether a State that changes its internal constitutional structure or undergoes changes in its territory or its population or both, or finally is occupied by another State by the same token loses its character as a subject of international law (Subjects of International Law), in which case applicable rules of State succession would come into play (State Succession in Other Matters than Treaties; State Succession...
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