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