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Diversity and Self-Determination in International Law

Diversity and Self-Determination in International Law

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Part of Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law

  • Date Published: May 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521781787

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  • When does international law give a group the right to choose its sovereignty? In an original perspective on this familiar question, Knop analyzes the ways that many of the groups that the right of self-determination most affects--including colonies, ethnic nations, indigenous peoples and women--have been marginalized in its interpretation. Her analysis also reveals that key cases have grappled with this problem of diversity. Challenges by marginalized groups to the culture or gender biases of international law emerge as integral to the cases, as do attempts to meet these challenges.

    • Brings a fresh normative perspective (diversity) to a familiar question in international law (self-determination)
    • New normative perspective yields a new historical analysis, including a history of gender-based challenges to the meaning of self-determination
    • New historical analysis, in turn, contributes a new understanding of the current debate over self-determination and the more general debate over law and diversity
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    • Winner of the 2003 American Society of International Law Prize

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    "As discrete analytical units, her chapters shine, illuminating how the use and application of self-determination cannot be divorced from conceptions of the marginalized claimants. ...these specific discussions are so insightful that the reader is left wondering about their more general implications." The American Journal of International Law

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2002
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521781787
    • length: 460 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.84kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Cold War International Legal Literature:
    1. The question of norm-type
    2. Interpretation and identity
    3. Pandemonium, interpretation and participation
    Part II. Self-determination interpreted in practice: the challenge of culture:
    4. The canon of self-determination
    5. Developing texts
    Part III. Self-Determination Interpreted in Practice: The Challenge of Gender:
    6. Women and self-determination in Europe after World War I
    7. Women and self-determination in United Nations trust territories
    8. Indigenous women and self-determination

  • Author

    Karen Knop, University of Toronto
    KAREN KNOP is Associate Professor of Law in the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, where she teaches international law and issues of self-determination in international law. She is editor, with Sylvia Ostry, Richard Simeon and Katherine Swinton of Re-Thinking Federalism: Citizens, Markets and Governments in a Changing World (1995).


    • Winner of the 2003 American Society of International Law Prize

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