How Should International Society Address Questions of Self-Determination?
From Jennifer Bolton
Questions of self-determination are ever-present within the world order created by the United Nations and, if anything, they seem to be increasingly present, creating a difficult test for the international community and its institutions. The European Union is no exception to this and several national communities claim their right to self-determination in respect to one of its Member States. So far, the European Union has painstakingly avoided any involvement in these political disputes and has supported whatever course of action the concerned Member States have had to these demands, arguably overlooking some of the democratic principles that are the basis of the Union.
Please join us for the next discussion in our series on Democratic Governance and the Question of Self-Determination with Mikulas Fabry, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, on "How Should International Society Address Questions of Self-Determination?"
Mikulas Fabry is Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. He holds an Honors BA in international relations from the University of Toronto and a MA and PhD in political science from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Fabry’s scholarly interests revolve around moral and legal dimensions of world affairs, especially international norms regulating conflicts over legitimate statehood, government and territorial title. He is the author of Recognizing States: International Society and the Establishment of New States since 1776 (Oxford University Press, 2010) and, with James Ker-Lindsay, Secession and State Creation: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, in press 2022). Dr. Fabry has also published numerous journal articles and chapters in edited volumes. His current book project maps the evolution of the norm of territorial integrity in international relations and law.