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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Overseas Territories, Australia, France, Netherlands, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States of America

Gregor Novak

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 27 May 2019

Subject(s):
Secession — Act of state — Prerogative — Sovereignty — Territory, dependent — Territory, non-self-governing — Territory, acquisition and transfer — Trust territory and mandate

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 absence of a generally accepted definition of the term ‘overseas territories’ in international legal practice, it is useful to proceed from a broad construction of the term which includes all territories that in some way are politically dependent on a relatively distant metropolitan State and were or are significant, as such, from the perspective of international law. The notion of a ‘metropolitan’ State and its politically dependent ‘polis’ is, at least etymologically, derived from the ancient Greek designation for a mother State or parent city of a...
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