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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]


Jochen A Frowein

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 21 October 2020

Diplomatic relations — Foreign relations law — Settlement of disputes — Recognition of governments — Recognition of states

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

1 The importance which the legal notion of recognition has gained in international law is due to the latter’s imperfect nature. While there is practically always a judge available to decide disputes under municipal law, it is rare that a legal dispute can be settled by judicial means in international law. Also, the States as primary subjects of international law are in most cases the only entities which decide whether or not the requirements for the applicability of a specific rule are fulfilled or not. The coming into existence of a new State as a subject of...
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