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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Autonomy

Markku Suksi

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 05 June 2020

Subject(s):
Indigenous peoples — Sovereignty — Recognition of states — Self-determination — Secession

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 In the context of public international law, autonomy is connected to statehood and independence. An entity which has statehood and independence is a subject of public international law (Subjects of International Law) in its capacity of a State, while an entity which is autonomous does not possess such subjectivity or does so only to a very limited extent, as allowed under the subjectivity of such a State within which the autonomous entity exists. The issue of autonomy is thus corollary to the issue of sovereignty and independence, indicating a dependency of some...
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