Part II Modes of the Creation of States in International Law, Ch.6 Original Acquisition and Problems of Statehood
James R Crawford
The question of the legal status of indigenous groups and other polities outside the ambit of the European political system was one of the great initial issues of international law. Victoria’s De Indis,1 written to vindicate the private and public rights of the Central American Indians, is only the best-known work of an extensive literature.2 The point of the debate was twofold: to examine the moral propriety of European actions and to determine the legal effect of the various transactions of the explorers and colonizers. Given the relatively non-peremptory nature...