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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

South Ossetia

Angelika Nußberger

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 20 June 2019

Subject(s):
States, independence — Jurisdiction of states, conflicts — Jurisdiction of states, territoriality principle — Sovereignty — Recognition of states — Self-determination — Territory, title — 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 South Ossetia (called ‘Tskhinvali region’ or ‘Samachablo’ by Georgia) is a territory of 3900 square kilometres located within the Caucasus. Its status in international law is controversial. Whereas South Ossetia considers itself to be an independent State since its declaration of independence on 29 May 1992 and has been recognized by five Member States of the United Nations (UN) in the aftermath of the military conflict between Russia and Georgia in 2008 (Russian Federation, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Nauru, and Tuvalu), the Georgian government as well as the...
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