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Part IV Issues of Commencement, Continuity and Extinction, Ch.16 Problems of Identity, Continuity and Reversion

James Crawford

From: The Creation of States in International Law (2nd Edition)

James R Crawford

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 26 September 2020

Like the communities they encapsulate, States are not static. Yet we assume continuity of our States even as their governments, constitutions, territories and populations change. International law is based on this assumption. It embodies a fundamental distinction between State continuity and State succession:1 that is to say, between cases where the ‘same’ State can be said to continue to exist despite sometimes drastic changes in its government, its territory or its people and cases where one State has replaced another with respect to a certain territory and...
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