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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

States, Extinction of

Ineta Ziemele

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 27 January 2021

Subject(s):
Customary international law — State succession — Codification — State practice — Federal states — Statehood, legitimacy

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 Questions of State extinction are closely connected to the concept of the State itself in international law with regard to both its understanding and regulation. Still, generally it has been argued that since customary international law provides for the criteria on which the existence of a State can be determined, extinction of States must be determined by reference to these same criteria. State practice and the development of the doctrine of State extinction show that this is only a starting point for further examination in the search for a modern concept of...
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