Part IV Issues of Commencement, Continuity and Extinction, Conclusions
James R Crawford
The criteria for statehood, and modern practice in the field, have been examined at length in this study and there is no point in repeating the conclusions reached in earlier chapters. Four specific problems, however, deserve brief mention. In the first place, the concept of ‘sovereignty’ as a criterion for plenary competence has been rejected. Although that view gained a certain degree of acceptance among nineteenth-century writers and was accepted in the twentieth century in Soviet and in some western doctrine, the notion of ‘sovereignty’ has been seen to be...