Independence in Europe

Independence Movements in Europe

This scholarly article by Christopher K. Connolly gives an historical overview of several recent European independence movements and offers some thoughtful remarks on the principle of political self-determination.


A Scholarly Examination of Secession in International Law and Relations


Glen Anderson of Newcastle University Australia has published a thought-provoking and extremely well documented examination of secession as a concept in international law and world affairs. The excellent and exhaustively footnoted overview ends with this gem:

Arriving at a justified definition of secession is critical in the context of international law and relations as secession is a well-recognised method of state creation. Rather than assuming (erroneously) that there is a commonly accepted definition of secession, or propounding an arbitrary definition devoid of justification, it is incumbent upon scholars to invoke a more exacting approach. (emphasis mine)

The whole piece is worth checking out.