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Determining Boundaries in a Conflicted World

The Role of Uti Possidetis

Suzanne N. Lalonde


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She argues that nothing justifies conferring such a binding status on the principle and that the uti possidetis applied in Yugoslavia was an entirely new version that can derive no legitimacy from colonial precedents. While the doctrine may have considerable utility in some cases, it is only principle among many that must be considered if future disputes are to be resolved so as to promote long term peace and stability. Lalonde sounds a cautionary note, showing that the idea that uti possidetis provides a one-size-fits-all, legally incontestable solution to all territorial disputes is an illusion.

Praise For Determining Boundaries in a Conflicted World: The Role of Uti Possidetis

"Excellent coverage of the historical materials in the legal field. Lalonde definitely provides additional insights into the legal issues and the standing and utility of different principles. This is a very fine piece of scholarship on a very important legal and political matter." Mark Zacher, Institute of International Relations, University of British Columbia

McGill-Queen's University Press, 9780773524248, 360pp.

Publication Date: December 6, 2002

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