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Part I The Concept of Statehood in International Law, Ch.5 The Criteria for Statehood Applied: Some Special Cases

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

The criteria for statehood, examined in Chapters 2 and 3, are flexible enough to allow a variety of entities with differing circumstances to be classified as States. It cannot be assumed that all territorial entities will have the same rights and obligations or the same particular status; nor that because an entity has special or unusual characteristics, it cannot qualify as a State under those criteria. The recurring problem of ‘special cases’ in this field thus involves a relation between two fundamental principles: the principle that the status of an entity is...
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