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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Secession

Elisa Novic, Priya Urs

Subject(s):
Secession — State territory

Published under the direction of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law.
General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1. Secession is the process by which part of the territory of an existing state breaks away from that state. In some cases, moves towards secession have been the natural consequence of attempts to revise the territorial boundaries of newly independent states hastily demarcated during decolonization ( Decolonization ; colonization ). In others, territorial independence has been claimed as a remedy against gross human rights violations of individuals or groups within existing states ( Mancini 486 ; see also Territorial Integrity and Political Independence )....
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