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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Bhutan

Peter Macalister-Smith

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 20 October 2021

Subject(s):
Specific treaties — Treaties, interpretation — Foreign relations law — Sovereignty — Territory, dependent

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 Bhutan is a State located remotely but strategically between China and India in the eastern Himalaya mountains. On the basis of political facts, and long-standing bilateral treaty relations with India, Bhutan falls within the Indian sphere of influence (Spheres of Influence).2 The international legal questions which have arisen with regard to Bhutan and which have been discussed in the literature of public international law concern mainly Bhutan’s close degree of association with India, the continuing problem of minorities especially in the south of the country,...
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