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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Self-Determination

Fernando Hernández Fradejas

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 19 April 2021

Subject(s):
Civil and political rights — Development — Theories of rights

General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.
Managing Editor: Ana Harvey

1. Self-determination is perceived as a people’s right to choose their own form of government for ethnical, cultural, or economic reasons within a state (Baldi 124). There are also other more general definitions of the right to self-determination, understood as the right to acquire the status of a state or to maintain such a condition (Copp 21), or the definition which implies independent domain of political control (Buchanan (2004) 333). The principle of a people’s self-determination is a legal-political tenet which is international in nature and through which...
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