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Internal Self-Determination in Public International Law

Guruparan, Kumaravadivel; (2019) Internal Self-Determination in Public International Law. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

The thesis focuses on the internal dimension of the right to self-determination in public international law. The objective of the thesis is to explore the possibilities of deepening the normative foundations of the internal dimension of the right to self-determination in order to strengthen its claim as a viable alternative to external self-determination. The thesis does this through three different means: a) critically identifying the current status of the right to self-determination and its internal variant; b) offering a theory of internal self-determination and how it may relate to external self-determination; c) exploring how sub state actors have attempted to engage with their host states in a variety of contexts both in the Global North and South, and drawing from those experiences to restate / clarify how internal self-determination can play the role of a credible alternative to external self-determination. The thesis argues that the meaning of self-determination in this context can only be understood through examining the circumstances in which the law is being sought to be applied. The thesis identifies that the site of the circumstances in which internal self-determination is invoked is the constitutional law of states. The argument developed claims that through studying how constitutional law grapples with these issues we may normatively fine tune our understanding of internal self-determination. The thesis demonstrates how this may be done by engaging with a few case studies from the Global North and the South and provides tentative conclusions for bettering our normative understanding of internal self-determination.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: Internal Self-Determination in Public International Law
Event: UCL (University College London)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2019. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) Licence (https://creative commons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms. Access may initially be restricted at the author’s request. (LN 28/05/2019).
Keywords: Self-determination, Comparative Constitutional Law, Public International Law
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Laws
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10074927
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